" The Izzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian resistance faction Hamas, said early on Saturday that it has no knowledge about the missing Israeli soldier, his whereabouts, or even the way he was captured.
Al Qassam said in a statement that the Israeli army had used the hype about the humanitarian ceasefire, which collapsed in Gaza soon after it started at 8:00am (0500 GMT) on Friday, in order to advance its troops 2 kilometers into eastern the southern Gaza Strip City of Rafah.
The brigades added that one of its units in the area had confronted the Israeli troops and clashed with them one hour before the ceasefire started.
"Israel’s warplanes, however, launched strikes against Gaza civilians after 10:00am in a flagrant violation of the ceasefire under the pretext that they are searching for the captured soldier," the brigades said.
It added that it lost contact with the unit that clashed with Israeli troops eastern Rafah, noting that the members of the unit might have been killed along with the Israeli soldier, presuming that the soldier was captured by the unit earlier.”