Ron Prosor, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations has dismissed the report of a kidnapped soldier as untrue: "There's no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumours are untrue."
But Abu Ubaida, the masked spokesman of the Qassam Brigades on Sunday said: "Qassam Brigades captured a Zionist soldier.".
He identified the soldier as Shaul Aron and recited what he said was Aron's identity tag number. He gave no other evidence the soldier was in the custody of the Islamist militants.
Aron would be the first Israeli soldier held captive in Gaza since 2011, when Israel released more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners to free Gilad Shalit, a soldier who was held for more than five years after his 2006 capture in a cross-border raid.