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Monday, July 28, 2003

Missing IDF Soldier Found Murdered by Terrorists

May his family and friends be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem . . .
photo from Arutz Sheva
Near the Israeli-Arab village of Kfar Kana, just north of Nazareth in the lower Galilee, searchers found the body of Oleg Shchaiat this morning. Thus came to a tragic end a week of an intense investigation into the sudden disappearance of the soldier. The police and Shabak surmise that Oleg, 20, was kidnapped by Arabs who murdered him shortly afterwards. Left mostly unsaid is the suspicion that it was Israeli-Arabs who perpetrated the crime.

Earlier this morning, Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz visited the site of the search. Thousands of people took part in looking for the missing soldier, and the security forces continually asked for more volunteers over the past two days.

Shchaiat, who is survived by his parents and his brother Adam, is the 35th victim of what some have dubbed the Road Map War, beginning after the Aqaba Summit on June 3, 2003.
More at Arutz Sheva. See also the Jerusalem Post.

And get this headline in the San Francisco Chronicle: "Israeli police find body of missing soldier; militants suspected"
"The main Palestinian militant groups declared a cease-fire June 29, but some fighters have not accepted the truce."