The family of anÂ Israeli soldier captured by Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades, during the 2014 Israeli military assaultÂ on the Gaza Strip, Oron Shaul, confirmed that their son wasÂ taken alive by Hamas, not “shreds”.
According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, Shaul’s brother stressed that the Israeli army does not know any details about what happened toÂ his brother, and that all the testimonies collected from soldiers who were present duringÂ the battle of Al-Shuja’eyyaÂ revealed that Sergeant Shaul was indeed captured alive.
Shaul’s family recently launched an electronic campaign calling for the restoration of theÂ captive son byÂ al-Qassam Brigades.
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The Israeli government insists that Shaul was killed, after his capture, by Palestinian resistance fighters, which has been neitherÂ confirmed nor denied by al-Qassam.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.