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News number: 8710151540

15:48 | 2009-01-04

World

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Hamas Captures 2 Israeli Soldiers

TEHRAN (FNA)- Hamas said its fighters have captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes with invading Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip.



"Two soldiers were captured" by Hamas military wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas radio and television said according to press tv.

The Israeli army denied the Hamas' report.

"As far as we know, this is not true", an Israeli army official said.

The reported arrests come one day after Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal threatened to detain the Israeli troops if Tel Aviv launched a ground offensive into the coastal strip.

Meshaal had said that sending Israeli troops into the Gaza Strip would prompt Hamas operations for more Shalit-like captures.

"If you commit the stupidity of launching a ground offensive, a black destiny will await you," Mashaal said on Friday.

"If you commit a foolish act by raiding Gaza, who knows, we may have a second or a third or a fourth Shalit," he added.

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured two years ago in a cross-border operation by Palestinian fighters.