ac sciutto statement israeli soldier likely dead_00001204.jpg
Report: Israeli soldier is likely dead
03:49 - Source: CNN AP

Story highlights

NEW: Militant group says fighters were killed in an airstrike, including possibly a soldier

At least 1,600 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed, ministry says

President Barack Obama says efforts to restore a cease-fire will be "challenging"

Israel identifies missing soldier as 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin

Gaza City CNN  — 

The latest attempt at a cease-fire in Gaza disintegrated Friday before it ever really took hold amid accusations that Palestinian militants killed two Israeli soldiers and captured one.

Blaming Hamas and its militant allies for the attack on the soldiers, Israel resumed shelling of what have been described as militant strongholds in Gaza.

The announced 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas didn’t even last two hours, by some accounts.

The pause appears to have eroded after about 90 minutes in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza, with the attack on Israeli soldiers. The soldiers were working to destroy a tunnel built by militants to breach Israel’s border when a militant emerged from it and detonated a suicide bomb, Israeli military Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Around that time, Palestinian sources told CNN they could hear shelling in the area. The Gaza Health Ministry said an Israeli attack on Rafah killed at least 62 people and wounded 350.