The Israel Defense Forces reported that Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old Givati officer from Kfar Saba, may have been kidnapped when Hamas launched an attack on IDF forces near Rafah, almost immediately violating a three-day humanitarian truce agreed to by Israel. Meanwhile, IDF spokesmen announced that two soldiers were killed in the morning’s fighting and released the names of five soldiers who were killed in battle on Thursday.

There were immediate worldwide for prayers for the safe return of Hadar ben Chedva Leah.

Goldin was reportedly kidnapped around 9:30 a.m., when his unit was attacked by a Hamas suicide bomber and gunmen who emerged from a tunnel.

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Goldin, a 23-year-old Givati officer from Kfar Saba, was kidnapped when Hamas launched an attack on IDF forces near Rafah, almost immediately violating a three-day humanitarian truce agreed to by Israel. Two soldiers were also killed in the attack that led to Goldin'a abduction.

The IDF announced that Major Benaya Sarel, 26, from Kiryat Arba, would be laid to rest at 12:15 am Sunday, and the funeral for First Sgt. Liel Gidoni, 20, from Jerusalem, will be held Sunday at 5 pm on Mount Herzl.

Meanwhile, an updated list of hospitalized IDF soldiers as of last Thursday, including their Hebrew names and their mothers’ Hebrew names, was published on Friday by the Chabad Youth Organization of Israel with calls to pray for their recovery.

Jewish women and girls around the world had the missing and wounded soldiers in mind when lighting Shabbat candles prior to the onset of Shabbat, and there were prayers on their behalf during congregational Sabbath services and at other times during Shabbat.

Also on Friday, the IDF released the names of the five armored-corps soldiers killed on Thursday: Reservist Capt. Liran Adir (Edry), 31, of Azuz; Staff Sgt. Noam Rosenthal, 20, of Meitar, who was an armored-corps combat medic; Capt. Omri Tal, 22, of Yehud; Staff Sgt. Daniel Marash, 22, of Rishon Letzion; and Staff Sgt. Shay Kushnir, 20, of Kiryat Motzkin.

Lt. Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old Givati officer from Kfar Saba, was killed in action, the IDF has concluded.
Lt. Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old Givati officer from Kfar Saba, was killed in action, the IDF has concluded.

List of Wounded and Other Ways to Help

For those wishing to help in the effort from abroad, Chabad.org has set up a special web page where people can dedicate a mitzvah and write a note to IDF soldiers in general.

Mitzvahs and notes can be specifically directed to the wounded, and printouts will be hand-delivered by staff and volunteers of the Chabad Terror Victims Project.

Those wishing to write a letter and dedicate a mitzvah to IDF soldiers can click here to participate.

For more news, impressions, mitzvahs and prayers related to “Operation Protective Edge,” click here.

A list of hospitalized IDF troops as of July 31, 2014.
A list of hospitalized IDF troops as of July 31, 2014.