(JERUSALEM) — The Israel Defense Forces concluded on Saturday that the infantry officer who was believed to be captured on Friday was actually killed in battle.
The IDF cited forensic evidence found on a battlefield in Rafah in southern Gaza. They did not provide further details on what evidence led them to that determination. It was not immediately clear whether Hadar Goldin was killed in a Hamas suicide bombing or later on, while Israeli forces were searching for him.
A funeral is expected to be held for Goldin on Sunday.
Also on Sunday, Israel began “re-deploying” troops outside of Gaza’s borders. Still, Israeli air strikes and Hamas rocket fire continue with U.N. officials saying another school was hit. A statement from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that at least 10 Palestinian civilians were killed in the attack. He also urged both side to “immediately end the fighting and return to the path of peace.”
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