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August 1st, 2014
06:10 PM ET

Obama demands release of Israeli soldier

President Obama "unequivocally condemned" Hamas on Friday for the death of two Israeli soldiers and abduction of a third.

Speaking from the White House briefing room, the President demanded 2nd Lieutenant Hadar Goldin's unconditional release "as soon as possible."

While Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that control Gaza and has been labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. government, denies it is holding the missing soldier, the Israeli government says there's enough circumstantial evidence to show Hamas took him.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer reports.

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