Israeli soldier's capture may escalate Gaza conflict

August 1, 2014 5:45 PM

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Israeli soldier's capture may escalate Gaza conflict

JERUSALEM — Three years after it released more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a captured soldier, Israel could be facing a repeat of that drawn-out process after one of its officers appears to have been abducted in a Friday morning raid in southern Gaza.

Israeli Defense Forces says it suspects 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, was kidnapped and dragged into a Hamas tunnel during a battle that killed two Israeli soldiers. The abduction risks a major escalation in the nearly four-week-old conflict due to the extraordinary lengths Israel has gone to get back c...

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