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November 17, 2012

Hamas claims capture of two Israeli soldiers

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According to reports, Hamas has taken at least two Israeli pilots hostage after allegedly shooting down down their F-16 fighter jet over the Gaza Strip yesterday. The “Al-Qassam Brigades” division of Hamas is claiming responsibility for the shoot down.

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Israel denies that an F-16 was shot down saying, “It’s not true”.

Hamas made their claims following reports that another one of its leaders, Ahmad Abu Jalal, was killed in an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) airstrike. On Wednesday, Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari, who was in charge of Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam, the armed division of Hamas, was killed in an IDF airstrike.

These reports come as Hesham Kandil, the Egyptian Prime Minister, took a brief two hour tour of the Gaza Strip which failed to stop any fighting between Hamas and IDF. “The cause of Palestinians is the cause of all Arabs and Muslims. Palestinians are heroes,” said Kandil while visiting Shifa Hospital. He also stated that Egypt stands loyal to the Palestinians.

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  • [1] Google translation of Sky News Arabic source dated November 16, 2012
  • [2] Google translation of RT News Arabic source dated November 16, 2012

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