Gaza: Soldier Goes Missing, Kerry Pushes for Cease-Fire

The disappearance raised the possibility that the soldier had been captured by Hamas -- a nightmare scenario for Israel.


Diplomatic efforts to halt violence in the Gaza Strip intensified Tuesday as Secretary of State John Kerry and Egypt's Foreign Minister made a new push for a cease-fire, while the Israeli army confirmed that one of its soldiers was missing after a deadly battle earlier this week.

The Times of Israel reported that the Israel Defense Forces said that it had not recovered the body of a seventh serviceman believed to be killed in action early Sunday morning when an armored personnel carrier was destroyed in an attack.