As it happened: Israel soldier 'captured'

Key Points

  • Israeli troops searching for a soldier they think was seized by Hamas militants in a firefight
  • The violence ended a 72-hour ceasefire - each side accusing the other of breaking the truce
  • The truce crumbled two hours after coming into effect at 05:00 GMT
  • Gaza officials say the death toll for Palestinians is now 1,500
  • Peace talks in Cairo aimed at securing a more permanent ceasefire are now in doubt
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    Welcome to the BBC's coverage of the Gaza conflict. Israel has announced it is resuming operations in Gaza following the collapse of a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire. The end of the truce - mediated by the US and UN - came two hours after firing ceased at 05:00 GMT. It follows a militant attack into Israel after which Israelis killed at least eight people near the Rafah border crossing in the southern tip of Gaza.


    The Israeli army says it has warned residents to stay indoors.


    Some 1,460 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the conflict and 63 Israelis, mostly soldiers.


    Israel says it aims to stop rocket attacks by Palestinian militants in Gaza and remove the threat of being attacked from the tunnels.

    Hamas wants a blockade of Gaza, maintained by both Israel and Egypt, to be lifted.


    "Once again the terror organisations in Gaza flagrantly violating the ceasefire to which they committed themselves," Israeli officials said moments before the resumption of the Israeli response was announced.


    The Times of Israel reports that a senior Israeli official has said that Maj Gen Yoav Mordechai contacted UN envoy Robert Serry and informed him that as far as Israel is concerned, the humanitarian truce is over.


    The BBC's Martin Patience in Gaza says the clashes came just four hours into what was meant be a 72-hour ceasefire, reinforcing just how difficult it is to get truces to last beyond a very short time.


    While it held, much of Gaza was relatively quiet compared to the violence in recent weeks, our correspondent adds. The streets were slowly returning back to life as shops began to reopen. People had been taking the opportunity to stock up on much needed supplies.

    10:57: Jon Donnison, BBC News, Gaza:

    tweets: Local media in gaza say hamas have captured an Israeli soldier in Rafah. Reporting 20 pals killed. Unconfirmed


    The IDF says at the beginning of its operation, the Palestinians in Gaza Strip had 10,000 rockets. They now have about 3,000 rockets.


    Palestinian and Israeli delegations had arrived in Cairo, Egypt, with the hope of negotiating a longer-term cessation of hostilities, but the fate of the talks now seems unclear.


    What is the fighting about? The background to the decades-old conflict is outlined in our explainer.


    Amos Yadlin, former IDF Military Intelligence chief says that the humanitarian truce "may have been broken by Hamas gunmen unaware that it had come into force," - Times of Israel.

    11:18: Kate Benyon-Tinker BBC News, Gaza

    Gaza health ministry says 27 Palestinians killed and 100 injured in Rafah today.


    The 72-hour ceasefire had been announced by the US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday. It came after rising international alarm over the civilian death toll in Gaza.

    11:24: Chuka Umunna UK Shadow Business Secretary Lab MP

    tweets: What has been happening in Gaza is completely unjustifiable and disproportionate which is why a lasting ceasefire is absolutely vital.

    11:25: Breaking News

    BBC's Jo Floto in Jerusalem: Israeli PM's office issues clarification, saying they are tempering their language and have not declared that this ceasefire is over, even though they accuse Hamas of gross violation.


    Israeli military sources tell the BBC the attack was in response to rocket fire on Kerem Shalom in Israel.

    11:28: Breaking News

    Israeli ministry of foreign affairs spokesman tells the BBC that the talks in Cairo will still go ahead.

    11:28: Gaza Youth Break Out

    tweets: 100s of shells are falling on Johr Aldeek area now. #Gaza


    Israeli military says eight rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza after ceasefire began, one of which was intercepted - AP.

    11:37: Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Correspondent

    tweets: member of the Palestinian delegation for talks on ceasefire told NBC the Egyptians have informed them they are not willing to receive them


    At least 40 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli shelling this morning according to a hospital in Rafah in southern Gaza - Reuters.


    tweets: Israeli soldier feared kidnapped in Gaza, IDF says

    11:43: Daniel Nisman Security analyst

    tweets: IDF spokesman says possibility that soldier was kidnapped in today's tunnel attack in Rafah, the same attack which sparked fighting that ended cease fire


    An unexploded Israeli bomb interests onlookers in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on Friday

    Onlookers and motorists pause to inspect an Israeli army bomb laying unexploded in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip
    11:50: Breaking News

    More from the Israeli Army statement. "An attack was executed against IDF forces operating to decommission a tunnel. Initial indication suggests that an IDF soldier has been abducted by terrorists during the incident. The IDF is currently conducting intelligence efforts and extensive searches and in order to locate missing soldier."

    11:51: Michael Shuval BBC News, Jerusalem

    IDF statement: At 09:30 this morning heavy exchange of fire took place in the southern Gaza Strip. Initial investigation raises concern that during the event, an IDF soldier was abducted. His family has been notified

    11:55: Breaking News

    Egypt tells Palestinian officials on Friday it is delaying ceasefire talks in Cairo after Israel said militants captured one of its soldiers in Gaza, a senior Islamic Jihad official said - AFP.


    Smoke rises following what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

    Israel air strikes reportedly hit Rafah in Gaza

    Hamas has claimed to have captured Israeli soldiers several times during the last few weeks, but this is the first time Israel has confirmed the capture of one of its men.

    11:59: Breaking News

    Peter Lerner, Israeli military spokesman, says at a media conference that the Gaza ceasefire is now over, and military operations were in progress on the ground.

    12:02: Jon Donnison, BBC correspondent

    tweets: With suspected capture of Israeli soldier, there is a feeling of dread for tonight amongst many Palestinians.


    The Palestine News Network reports that the operation which led to the capture of the soldier took place in the same area as the raid which captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006. It adds that dozens of people have been killed in fierce fighting near Rafah and that Israeli forces have advanced 4km into the Gaza Strip in that area.


    Palestinian activist @iFalasteen tweets: BREAKING: Senior Hamas official confirms: We captured an Israeli soldier BEFORE ceasefire...

    12:07: Breaking News

    The UN has urged Palestinian parties to reaffirm commitment to the Gaza truce - Reuters.

    12:09: Eytan Buchman, IDF Spokesman

    tweets: Extensive operational, intelligence efforts underway to locate soldier suspected to be abducted during ceasefire in southern Gaza.

    12:11: BBC Monitoring BBC News

    The Hamas-run Al-Aqsa at 12 noon reports sirens going off in Ashkelon. At 11am the channel showed the arrival of dozens of bodies in Abu-Yusif al-Najar Hospital in Rafah. Earlier (at 0900am) the channel said 35 killed and 200 wounded in Rafah during the shelling from tanks and air.

    12:15: Paul Danahar BBC Washington Bureau Chief

    Former BBC Middle East Bureau chief tweets: If IDF soldier captured will be huge physiological blow to Israel where national service in force. It's every Israeli parent's nightmare.

    12:17: Michael Shuval BBC News, Jerusalem

    Senior Israeli official to the BBC: "Hamas breached the ceasefire and cheated the US Secretary of State and UNSG. Hamas is responsible for ending the ceasefire and will pay a very heavy price. It opened fire and Israel's response will be crushing."

    12:20: Kate Benyon-Tinker BBC News, Gaza

    Hamas's spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said: "The Israelis are the ones who breached the ceasefire, and the Palestinian resistance acted in a way that ensures its right of self-defence. The world is demanded to immediately interfere to stop the ongoing massacres against our people".

    12:21: Robert Serry UN Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process

    says in a statement: "The Special Coordinator was informed by the Israeli authorities of a serious incident this morning after the start of the humanitarian ceasefire at 8 am, involving a tunnel behind IDF lines in the Rafah area of the Gaza Strip. Two soldiers were reportedly killed, as well as a number of Palestinians."


    Mr Serry continues: "The UN is not in a position to independently confirm these reports. However, if corroborated, this would constitute a serious violation of the humanitarian ceasefire in place since 8 am this morning by Gazan militant factions, which should be condemned in the strongest terms."


    Mr Serry urges the Palestinian parties to "urgently reaffirm their commitment to the humanitarian ceasefire". The UN statement ends: "He is deeply concerned regarding the serious consequences on the ground that could arise as a result of this incident. He will continue his efforts to contain the violence and the risk of renewed escalation."

    12:26: BBC Monitoring BBC News

    Hamas has called for a "day of rage" across the West Bank, the Palestinian news agency Maan reports. Meanwhile, @gazan0w tweets that there has been a suicide bombing targeting Israeli soldiers east of Rafah: "Breaking: Resistance fighter blew himself up close to the soldiers east of Rafah."


    The Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV reports that 40 civilians have been killed in Rafah since the end of the ceasefire.


    Egypt's ON TV Live is reporting that a Palestinian delegation cancelled its visit to Egypt today for ceasefire talks in response to Israel's "resumption of attacks on Gaza in breach of the truce". Earlier, AFP reported that Egypt had decided to delay the ceasefire talks after the capture of the Israeli soldier - via BBC Monitoring.

    Palestinians flee their homes in Rafa, Gaza

    Palestinians flee from their houses during what witnesses said was heavy Israeli shelling in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip - Reuters

    12:33: BBC Monitoring BBC News

    The Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV in an urgent caption at 11:15 BST cites Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri saying Israel's claim that one of its soldiers has been captured in Gaza is "an attempt to mislead and to justify its retreat from the calm and to cover monstrous massacres especially in Rafah".

    12:39: Israel's deputy foreign minister, Tzachi Hanegbi:

    "We're all concentrated in this attempt to bring our boy back, and probably within several days, maybe weeks, the Hamas will come to its senses and put an end to the attacks on Israel, and we will be able to see a normal Gaza."

    12:41: Stuart Webb, ITN journalist

    tweets: Masses of people are fleeing renewed Israeli bombardment in #Gaza -we are on same road-scenes of chaos & desperation

    12:42: Terry Moran, chief foreign correspondent, ABC News

    tweets: Captured IDF soldier, a victory for Hamas. But for Palestinian citizens I've spoken with--a grim development.They know the war continues now.


    Egypt has informed Palestinians officials it has delayed the talks scheduled for later today. A BBC correspondent in Gaza says members of Hamas who headed to Egypt this morning were not allowed to cross the Rafah border.


    The Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, have released a statement blaming Israel for breaking the ceasefire. They said that Israeli forces had moved into eastern Rafah overnight and had been met with resistance by Palestinian fighters this morning. They also accused Israel of the random shelling of eastern Rafah.

    12:54: Saima Mohsin, CNN correspondent

    tweets: IDF confirms to #CNN Israeli soldier captured after an encounter with militants. IDF soldiers were dismantling tunnel when militants emerged

    12:55: Breaking News

    UN says two Israeli soldiers reported killed, apparently during the firefight that led to the capture of soldier - Reuters.


    Death toll in Gaza has now reached more than 50, says the Gaza Health Ministry - Reuters.

    12:58: Breaking News BBC Arabic Cairo

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri to the BBC: Egypt is ready to receive the Israeli and Palestinian delegations. Egypt has not postponed or declined to receive them but the recent events have cast their shadows and will lead to a delay in the negotiations until both sides abide by ceasefire.

    13:01: Hamas

    "We hold the Israeli occupation responsible for breaking the ceasefire and carrying out a massacre in Rafah".

    13:06: Eytan Buchman, IDF spokesman

    tweets: Confirmed: 2 IDF soldiers killed during suspected abduction of IDF soldier in southern Gaza, 90 minutes into ceasefire.

    13:08: BBC Monitoring

    At 12:56 BST Al-Aqsa TV reports confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the West Bank towns of Bethlehem and Hebron.

    13:13: Breaking News

    The IDF has named the soldier presumed to be captured as Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, from Kfar Saba.

    13:15: Osama Damo spokesman, Save the Children

    "You can hear the bombing all over the Gaza Strip. The military operation resumed, the people who were on the street rushing to the stores and getting fresh supplies are getting back home. The people who went to the destroyed blocks in several places of the Gaza Strip to check on their homes... if they are still there, returned to the shelters. So things are back to being very tense at the moment."


    The Israeli military says its soldier was captured after his unit was attacked by a suicide bomber while destroying a tunnel on its border. Its operation over the past weeks targeted the tunnels it says were being used by Hamas to carry out attacks inside Israel.


    "The world's silence on Israel 'war crimes' is 'inexcusable'" says Saudi's King Abdullah - AFP

    13:27: UNDPPalestinian

    tweets: Aid agencies request USD 369 million to meet urgent needs in #Gaza and call for safe access...

    13:28: Breaking News

    The White House says that reported Hamas tunnel attack in Israel would be "barbaric" violation of cease fire - Reuters.


    US Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says White House spokesman on CNN - Reuters.

    13:41: Breaking News

    Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' office has released a statement saying the joint Palestinian delegation, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, is to travel to Cairo on Saturday for ceasefire talks despite the renewed fighting in Gaza - AFP.


    Mahmoud Abbas' office said the president "has formed the delegation, which will head Saturday for Cairo whatever the circumstances," giving the names of the 12-member delegation.


    Israeli truck drivers wait in a bomb shelter at the Kerem Shalom crossing, close to Rafah, on Friday. Israeli officials said its artillery fire in Rafah was a response to Palestinian rocket attacks.

    Israeli truck drivers wait inside a bomb shelter at Kerem Shalom crossing on 1 August 2014
    13:46: Breaking News Michael Shuval BBC News, Jerusalem

    The Israeli security cabinet is to convene at 17:30 local time in Tel Aviv


    Speaking on CNN, White House spokesman Josh Earnest called on Hamas to release the captured Israeli soldier and said US Secretary of State John Kerry had already spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the next steps in the Gaza crisis - Reuters.


    British Labour MP Richard Burden, chairman of the Britain-Palestine all-party parliamentary group, calls for a renewed drive for peace, following the collapse of the ceasefire.


    Israel military spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner tells the BBC: "We were holding our fire, we were implementing our part, held all of our forces, stopped aerial assaults. And indeed what happened was they came out while we were dealing with one of these tunnels... we have no other choice now but to operate and pursue them."


    Before the ceasefire broke down many Palestinians had gone back to their homes to try and salvage their belongings.

    A Palestinian man walks past destroyed houses with salvaged blankets

    The AFP agency reports that a Palestinian has been killed in the West Bank, where there have been clashes between Israeli security forces and protesters.


    The UK's Foreign Office says it is looking into reports that the missing soldier has dual British-Israeli nationality.

    Channel 4 News's Michael French

    tweets a picture: The family home of Israeli soldier thought captured in Gaza. Police + local mayor here @InigoGilmore @Channel4News


    BBC Monitoring has observed that so far more than 50 pages and groups have been created on Facebook calling for the release of captured Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin. Some of the pages have already received more than a thousand "likes".


    Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Amman, the capital of Jordan, to protest against the Israeli military campaign in Gaza and to show their support for Hamas, AP reports. Jordan has a very large Palestinian population.


    Oxfam has released a statement saying the crisis in Gaza is "fast spiralling out of control". "Conditions are increasingly desperate in overcrowded schools and buildings where up to 450,000 people are sheltering. Many people are getting as little as three litres of safe water a day," the charity says.

    Photojournalist Patrick Tombola

    tweets: the smell of rotting corpses and widespread destruction overwhelming in Kuza'a this morning as battles still raged very close by #Gaza


    Anger is boiling over in the West Bank, where Palestinians have faced off against Israeli forces.

    A Palestinian protester kicks a burning tyre during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, outside Israel's Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah August 1

    Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV names the Palestinian youth killed in Tulkarm in the West Bank as Tamer Sumoor.


    Israeli Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni writes on her Facebook page: "Hamas has paid, and will yet pay a heavy price. If it was not yet clear enough to everyone, now the world knows who is responsible for the destruction and blood."


    Dr Bassel Abu Ward, a doctor working at the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza tweets: Several buildings inside the hospital that I am working in (al-Shifa hospital ) are being evacuated after an Israeli bomb threat


    Usama Hamdan, Hamas' spokesman in Lebanon, has denied that Hamas or any other Palestinian group has kidnapped an Israeli soldier, the Ma'an news agency reports. "There is no Israeli soldier [with us], instead there is an Israeli lie as part of a media campaign in order to legitimise the killing of Palestinian civilians in Rafah," he is reported to have said.


    Israeli tanks and armoured personnel carriers were on the move towards the frontier with southern Gaza on Friday morning.

    Israeli soldiers with kerchiefs to protect against the dust kicked up by their armoured tank and APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) unit as it moves in southern Israel towards the Gaza Strip border

    We have put together a page of maps and graphics detailing the locations of all the deaths since the conflict began. More than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed; more than 60 Israelis have also died.

    Jon Donnison BBC News, Gaza

    tweets: The general belief in Gaza is that the place is going to get hammered tonight.


    Hamas spokesman Iyad Al-Bozom says on his Facebook page that Egypt briefly closed the Rafah border crossing to two buses earlier because passengers are in danger from heavy shelling in Rafah. Injured civilians are being allowed to leave Gaza through Rafah.


    Palestinian al-Aqsa TV says dozens of Palestinians wounded by live bullets in "heavy confrontations" with Israeli forces near the Awfar prison, west of Ramallah.


    Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is sending a delegation to Cairo to hold talks on the ceasefire whatever happens, official Palestinian news agency Wafa reports - via BBC Monitoring

    15:49: Daniel Nisman Security Analyst, Tel Aviv

    tweets: "Rocket fire resumes on southern Israel just now. Sirens in Netivot, Ashkelon, Eshkol."


    Another Conservative MP urges the UK government to rethink its approach to Gaza. "The scale of civilian casualties is now unacceptable. I think [the government] does need to send a message to Israel that its actions are becoming very difficult to justify," Sir Peter Luff told BBC Radio 4's The World at One.

    Journalist Mohammed Omer, in Gaza

    tweets: several people killed in car targeted by Israeli F16 in Tal al-Hawa, Gaza City


    The Israeli military names two soldiers it says were killed by Hamas earlier as Maj Benaya Sarel, 26, and Staff Sgt Liel Gidoni, 20.


    There is no information to suggest that an Israeli soldier feared to have been abducted by Hamas is a British citizen, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.

    Neta, Tel-Aviv

    emails: We believe our army is doing all the efforts possible to not harm civilians, even though it is extremely difficult under the circumstances of Hamas using civilians as human shields. We don't want to fight anyone but we have no choice. We hoped the ceasefire would stop permanently and the peace would come. This is what we want.

    UK Foreign Office (FCO)

    tweets: Foreign Secretary: We urgently need a humanitarian ceasefire. Ending the suffering of the people of Gaza is the number one priority


    The ceasefire is definitely over, and Israel has resumed its shelling.

    Israeli artillery shelling toward targets in the Gaza Strip from at an unspecified location next to the border, 1 August
    Belal, a Palestinian doctor living in Gaza

    tweets: Reports about Shifa hospital being ordered to evacuate. Let me tell you this: Any stupid targeting of it is going to leave thousands dead.


    In the first family reaction to the apparent capture of Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin, his father Simha Goldin said: "We want to strengthen the IDF [Israeli military] and the State of Israel in its war against Hamas. We are confident that Israel will do everything to bring Hadar back home."


    The UK Foreign Office has no information to suggest that the Israeli soldier believed to have been captured by Hamas is a British citizen, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.


    Hamas is willing to renew its humanitarian truce agreement with Israel and will give guarantees that other Gaza factions will abide by the deal, according to Israeli commentator Ehud Yaari who quotes a Hamas official.


    tweets: As well as 24 medical facilities, bombs even hitting ambulances all over Gaza. No escape, we need #ceasefirenow


    The Americans are strongly backing Israel over the failed ceasefire. John Kerry, who helped broker the pause in fighting, says the Hamas attack on Israeli troops was an "outrageous violation" of the truce.


    However, Fatah and Hamas both say it was the Israelis who broke the truce. Fatah spokesman Husam Zomlot told the BBC Israel continued its bombardment throughout the ceasefire period.


    Demonstrators have taken to the streets across the region to demand Israel stops its offensive. In Jordan, riot police have been watching the protests closely.

    Jordanian riot police walk to maintain order next to protesters holding a demonstration calling for an end to the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, in Amman August 1

    The US Senate approves a $225m package to maintain Israel's Iron Dome, which was partially funded by the US. The House of Representatives must now also approve the law, which is expected to be a formality.

    17:09: Breaking News

    Gaza's health ministry says 1,500 Palestinians have now been killed since the Israeli offensive began on 8 July.


    Benjamin Netanyahu tells John Kerry during a phone conversation: "Israel will take all necessary steps against those who call for our destruction and perpetrate terrorism against our citizens."


    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "demands the immediate and unconditional release of the captured soldier", according to his spokesman.


    The Gaza conflict is complex, with claims on both sides going back many years. Have a look at our page of video, text and graphics explaining the unrest.


    The first pictures have emerged of Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin. The 23-year-old lieutenant is believed to have been captured during a firefight with militants.

    A handout from the Israeli Embassy in Germany made available on 01 August 2014 shows Lt Hadar Goldin

    The last time an Israeli soldier was held captive in Gaza, it provoked five years of tortuous negotiations that culminated in a prisoner swap in which 1,000 Palestinians were freed. Have a look at our piece from 2011 explaining the story of Gilad Shalit.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry

    tweets: Hamas must immediately & unconditionally release missing Israeli soldier. Call on those with influence over Hamas to reinforce this message.


    Gaza officials say more than 50 Palestinians have died in Friday's bombardment.

    Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 1 August

    Some facts and figures from the UN's World Food Programme: It has so far provided 229,270 refugees Gaza with food; given out food vouchers to a further 13,700; and given help to 2,039 patients and staff in hospitals. It said in a statement it was stepping up relief efforts.


    We have compiled a gallery of images of Friday's renewed violence following the collapse of the ceasefire.


    The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes on Friday has reached 62, AFP news agency quotes Gaza emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra as saying.


    Israel's security cabinet is now meeting to discuss the operation.


    Palestinian security and medical sources say two people were shot dead by Israeli forces in separate clashes in the West Bank today. AFP quotes a spokeswoman for the Israeli army as saying that in once incident, some "1,200 rioters" were hurling "rocks and Molotov cocktails at troops and at an industrial centre in the vicinity, endangering workers and passers-by."


    Protesters in London gathered outside the Israeli embassy to call for an end to the military operation in Gaza:

    protest in london outside israel embassy
    The BBC's Michael Shuval

    tweets: In calls with Kerry & UNSG, PM Netanyahu stressed "Hamas and the other terror organizations will face the consequences of their actions".


    US President Barack Obama is expected to appear at the White House in the next half-hour to make a statement. We will bring you any statements he makes on Gaza.


    The reported capture of a soldier of an Israeli solider will hit the state at its most vulnerable point, writes the BBC's James Reynolds, and will re-open the debate around prisoner exchanges - does the need to bring back missing soldiers actually make the state weaker by encouraging militant groups to attempt further captures?


    Ayman al-Arja, a resident of Gaza's southern Rafah area, has described the scene in his area to the AP news agency as troops advance.

    "We are under fire," Mr al-Arja says. "Every minute or so, tanks fire shells."


    Turkey's foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, says his country will do what it can to help free the Israeli soldier, but says it is "important" the ceasefire returns.

    "But if the ceasefire is stopped because an Israeli soldier is kidnapped, somebody should account for the 70 Palestinians killed [on Friday]. In our eyes, all people are equal," Mr Davutoglu said, according to the Reuters news agency.


    Gaza's interior ministry says Egypt has refused to open its Rafah crossing with Gaza, with two buses carrying 120 people stranded inside the crossing, BBC Monitoring reports.


    In the West Bank, a protester uses a catapult during a clash with Israeli border police.

    A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli border police at a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem 1 August 2014

    UK opposition leader Ed Miliband says Prime Minister David Cameron must put "maximum pressure on both sides for an unconditional ceasefire" in Gaza, as the "terrible carnage cannot go on".


    The Red Cross has put out a statement saying it is appalled at attacks on Palestine Red Crescent Society hospitals and offices in Gaza. Two Red Crescent workers have been killed and 40 injured since the start of the offensive.


    US President Barack Obama is talking at a news conference about the Gaza situation.


    Mr Obama says he "unequivocally condemns" Hamas for capturing the soldier "minutes after a ceasefire had been announced".


    "I want to make sure [Hamas] are listening, if they are serious about resolving this situation that soldier needs to be released unconditionally," Mr Obama says.


    Mr Obama: "If they don't have control of [the other Palestinian factions]... then it's hard for the Israelis to feel confident that the ceasefire can be honoured."


    Mr Obama is now talking about domestic issues.


    The Israeli city of Ashkelon is one of the most frequently targeted by Hamas rockets. Residents often need to take cover in highly secure bomb shelters.

    A wall with a painted sign is seen in a bomb shelter in the Israeli southern city of Ashkelon July 31

    Mr Obama returns to Gaza in his comments and says the tunnels used by Hamas "need to be dismantled", but Israelis can do so "without going into population centres".


    "Innocent civilians caught in the crossfire have to weigh on our conscience," Mr Obama said, saying the US would continue to push for a ceasefire. His news conference has now ended.

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks and takes reporters" questions in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House August 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

    The Times of Israel has withdrawn an op-ed article from its website entitled "when genocide is permissible". The blog argued that since Hamas was bent on Israel's destruction, nothing could be considered disproportionate, including complete obliteration. The newspaper said it was "damnable and ignorant" and said it had been posted without editorial approval.


    The BBC's James Reynolds in Jerusalem reports the Israeli army says it is operating on the belief that Hadar Goldin is still alive.


    To sum up the day's main events, Friday began with a 72-hour truce in place. However, fighting ended the ceasefire shortly after it had begun. Intense Israeli shelling killed more than 50 people, according to Gaza officials. An Israeli soldier was apparently captured by Gaza militants, and two more soldiers were killed.


    We are now ending our live coverage of the Gaza conflict, but please continue to follow the story on our main news pages, which are updated 24 hours a day.


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