Hamas says officer guarding IDF soldier’s body was killed by Israel in Gaza airstrike last year

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A composite photo of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul, left, and Hadar Goldin, right.
A composite photo of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul, left, and Hadar Goldin, right.

The Hamas terror group says an officer tasked with guarding an Israeli soldier who was killed in the Gaza Strip in 2014, and whose body was seized by Hamas, was killed in an Israeli airstrike last year.

According to Hamas, during May 2021’s 11-day war Israel struck the building where the unnamed IDF soldier was held. Another three Hamas members were wounded in the strike, the terror group says.

Hamas maintains that Lt. Hadar Goldin and Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul are alive. Israel denies this and says Hamas is holding their bodies.

The dead Hamas officer is not named. The terror group says it will release his identity at a later date.

Tomorrow marks eight years since Goldin was killed and his body was captured by Hamas. Shaul’s body was captured earlier in the 2014 war.

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