The IDF has declared kidnapped soldier Hadar Goldin dead. Haaretz reports:

A special panel headed by Chief Military Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz announced the death of Goldin, an infantry officer in the Givati Brigade.

The conclusion was based on forensic evidence from the scene of the attack,a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said. It added that prior to the decision, religious, medical and other relevant issues were taken under consideration.

Goldin’s family was notified of the decision by the Head of the IDF Personnel Directorate Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai, and the Chief Military Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon accompanied the two officers.

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