Hadar Ben Leiah the 23 Year old IDF Soldier was kidnapped by Hamas today ninety minutes after a ceasefire was declared.
Hadar Ben Leiah is the cousin of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.
Channel 4 in Israel reported:
Rumours began circulating about the captured soldier this morning, and at around lunchtime the Israeli military spokesman announced that they feared a soldier had indeed been taken.
The Israeli defence forces have named the captured soldier as Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, from Kfar Saba.
Channel 4 News understands that the soldier is from a family of British Jewish immigrants. It is also understand that he is a cousin – either second or third – of Israeli’s defence minister, Moshe Ya’alon.
THE IDF spokesman said that around 9.30am Israeli soldiers came under fire in an area around the border of the southern Gaza Strip and “there’s a fear” that during the incident a soldier “has been kidnapped by the terrorists”.
The spokesman added that the family of the soldier had been informed. The military said the situation is still evolving and that the IDF is making “big efforts, operational and intelligence, to locate the soldier”.
We suspect that a group of Hamas terrorists, including a suicide attacker, kidnapped 2nd. Lt. Goldin at 9:30AM & dragged him into a tunnel.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 1, 2014
UPDATE … Hadar Goldin has a twin brother who is also in the IDF
Cleared for publication: 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, suspected captured, has a twin brother who is an IDF soldier.
— Israel News Feed (@IsraelHatzolah) August 1, 2014
** Hadar Goldwin is engaged to be married.