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Hamas holding 2 Israeli soldiers; IDF: No knowledge of report
by Haaretz (reposted)
Sunday Jan 4th, 2009 9:45 AM
Arab television networks reported Sunday that Hamas has captured two Israel Defense Forces soldiers, one day after the IDF launched a ground operation in Gaza aimed at halting rocket fire on Israel.
Hamas also issued a statement Sunday saying that, "two soldiers were kidnapped."

The IDF Spokesman stated Sunday that there was "no knowledge of such a report," and "the report is being checked." The IDF accused Hamas of engaging in psychological warfare meant to demoralize the Israeli public.

Sky News quoted the IDF on Sunday as saying that it believes the reports are "not true."

The army accused Hamas of attempting to spread disinformation, particularly regarding captured soldiers, an issue close to the heart of the Israeli public.

by reposted
Sunday Jan 4th, 2009 10:59 AM
Palestinians say they have targeted an Israeli helicopter and destroyed a tank amid the ongoing Israeli ground incursion into the Gaza Strip.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades - the military wing of Hamas - said it had destroyed an Israeli tank after its ground forces crossed the border with the Gaza Strip late Saturday.

The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades also said it has targeted an Israeli helicopter flying over the territory. However, the Israeli military has made no comment by about the report.

Earlier in the day, Hamas said in a statement that its fighters had captured two Israeli soldiers in the costal strip.

Meanwhile, Hamas fighters continue launching rockets at southern Israeli towns. Over the past 24 hours, 40 Qassam and Grad rockets have landed inside the occupied territories, wounding two Israelis.

Thus far, the Israeli onslaught has claimed the lives of over 507 Palestinians, wounding some 2,790 others.