Palestinians dancing in the streets over “news” that Hamas has kidnapped an Israeli soldier

Uh…NOT SO FAST!  Israel is denying reports that the military wing of Hamas, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has captured the Israeli in Shejaiya.

Palestinians dance while flying a Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement flag reading in Arabic "there is only one God and Muhammad is his prophet," during celebrations in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Palestinians dance while flying a Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement flag reading in Arabic “there is only one God and Muhammad is his prophet,” during celebrations in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Times of Israel  During a press conference, the group gave a name for the ostensible prisoner and even presented a military ID number. The name given by Hamas was very similar to the name of one of the soldiers confirmed killed in the fighting in Shejaiya early Sunday morning.

Israel’s UN ambassador denied on Sunday that an Israeli soldier had been abducted by Hamas. “There is no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumors are untrue,” said Ron Prosor.

Regardless, the Hamas announcement led to elation across the West Bank, and fireworks and celebratory gunfire in the Gaza Strip.

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