Cleared for publication: IDF says soldier held by Hamas since September 2014

Cleared for publication: Abera Mengistu, a 28-year-old Ethiopian resident of Ashkelon, is being held by Hamas in Gaza. He was captured by Hamas 10 months ago after apparently crossing the border into the Gaza Strip. It is not clear how long he has been held by Hamas.

Until today, the story was under a gag order in Israel, but was published in the media in the Arab world and the United States. Mengistu’s family will hold a press conference this afternoon.

Hamas is also holding the bodies of two soldiers who were killed in Operation Protective Edge last year, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin.


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