January 27, 2009 / 3:44 PM / 9 years ago

Families say 115 Palestinians missing in Gaza

GENEVA (Reuters) - About 115 Palestinians have been registered by their families as missing in the conflict in Gaza, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday.

The neutral humanitarian agency said in a statement that it was trying to trace the missing and restore contact between them and their loved ones.

“They may have been detained, wounded or just not been in touch,” ICRC spokeswoman Dorothea Krimitsas told Reuters.

The ICRC has no information on Palestinians detained by Israeli forces during the offensive but the spokeswoman said it expected to have access to all detainees.

A three-week Israeli air and ground offensive killed 1,300 people in the Gaza Strip before a fragile cease-fire was put in place 10 days ago.

An Israeli soldier was killed by a bomb on the border with the coastal enclave Tuesday, and troops then killed a Palestinian in violence that left people in Gaza fearing further Israeli attacks.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay

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