Israeli media say Israeli soldier missing in Gaza


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media say an Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip.

A defense official confirmed that there is a soldier missing. The official spoke on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the incident with media.

The media reported that the soldier was traveling in an armored personal carrier that had come under attack over the weekend. The reports did not say if the soldier was dead or alive.

Hamas earlier this week claimed it had captured an Israeli soldier. Israelis did not deny or confirm the claim.

For Israelis, a captured soldier would be a nightmare scenario in the ongoing Gaza conflict.