Israeli forces launched a major manhunt in southern Gaza on Friday after it was reported that Hamas successfully exploited a humanitarian ceasefire to abduct an IDF soldier.
On Friday morning, both Israel and Hamas agreed to enter a 72-hour ceasefire accompanied by long-term truce talks in Cairo. But just two hours later, Hamas rocket fire on southern Israel resumed, and the Israeli army returned fire and resumed ground operations in the Gaza Strip.
Around the same time in the southern border town of Rafah, Hamas gunmen and a suicide bomber emerged from a tunnel behind Israeli lines and killed two soldiers. In the ensuing battle, it is believed an Israeli soldier was nabbed and forced into the terrorists' tunnel.
Hamas confirmed that it had abducted an Israeli soldier, but claimed that it did so prior to the start of the ceasefire.
Either way, if the reports are true, rescuing this soldier is likely to become the new overriding focus of Israel’s war against the Gaza terrorist infrastructure.