Singing and dancing until Hamas opened fire: footage from a festival on the border with Gaza is online
On the night of October 6-7, the Nova Festival music festival was taking place in Israel near the border with Gaza. At the time of the Hamas attack, the festival participants were dancing and having fun, not knowing that in less than an hour many of them would be killed or captured by terrorists.
At the site of the festival, in Kibbutz Re'im, 240 bodies of brutally murdered civilians were found, and the few survivors talk about the horror they experienced. Details are reported by CNN.
The footage that appeared on the network shows guests of the Nova Festival in southern Israel dancing carefree, not realizing that very soon many of them will be brutally killed.
In the background, Hamas fighters can be seen parachuting into the sky.
As one of the survivors of the massacre, the militants attacked the festival half an hour after thousands of rockets began flying at Israel. The girl recalled how she and hundreds of other people tried to escape while the terrorists were shooting civilians in the back.
The Nova Festival dance party near the border of the Gaza Strip and Israel was timed to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot and lasted all night. At dawn, people who had gathered for the festival in the countryside heard sirens and rockets.
"We didn't even have a place to hide because we were in the open... Everyone panicked and started taking their belongings," the eyewitness said.
The video provided to the publication by the girl shows people quickly running away from the concert venue. Explosions and screams of frightened people can be heard.
According to the eyewitness, most people rushed to their cars. But there were so many people who wanted to leave that traffic was paralyzed. Then many people panicked, left their cars and ran across the open field.
Later, horrifying footage of hundreds of people running and being shot in the back by Hamas militants appeared on the Internet. Some of those running are falling.
The CNN interviewee said she ran to the forest and was able to get into a passing car.
"She saw many dead and wounded people on the sides of the road, but one scene in particular stuck in her mind: one concertgoer was shot near a van, and another was lying dead in the passenger seat of the car... "It was so scary, and we didn't know where to go to avoid meeting these evil... people... Many of my friends got lost in the woods for several hours. They were shot as if in a shooting range," the journalists quoted the girl as saying.
She is still trying to contact her friends who disappeared after the attack. She does not know if they are alive.
Meanwhile, relatives began to recognize their loved ones in the videos filmed by the militants and posted online.
Thus, in the footage of the terrorists taking away the terrified girl on a motorcycle, who was begging for help, they identified a 25-year-old Israeli citizen, Noa Argamani. Her boyfriend, 30-year-old Avinatan Ora, was also seen in the video: the militants twisted his hands behind his back and forced him to go somewhere.
"She was so scared, so scared. I always protected her, but at that moment I couldn't. I pray that everyone will come back," Yaakov Argamani, the father of the kidnapped girl, told reporters.
Noah's boyfriend's brother, Avinatan, also immediately recognized both of them in the horrific footage.
"I saw his girlfriend Noa on the video, frightened and terrified, I have no idea what is happening to her - she is screaming in panic on a motorcycle when some thugs are holding her and won't let her go... My brother, a big guy, two meters tall, trains four times a week, he is a very strong guy. I think they held him with maybe four or five people and just took him to the border," Moshe Or told reporters.
Before being captured by the militants, the couple hid for several hours and saw numerous Hamas killings. The young people managed to write about this to their friends in messengers.
In another horrific video, which shows a stripped almost naked girl lying face down unconscious in the back of a terrorist vehicle, she was also recognized by her relatives. The militants who mocked the body of the unconscious or dead woman called her an "Israeli soldier." The girl was identified as a 20-year-old German citizen, Shani Luk, by a tattoo on her leg, which can be seen in the video.
The girl's relatives confirmed that Shani was at the festival.
"We recognized her by her tattoos, and she has long dreadlocks. We have some hope... Hamas is responsible for her and the others," the girl's cousin told the Washington Post.
A source at the German Foreign Ministry told CNN that "the Federal Foreign Office and the German Embassy in Tel Aviv are in close contact with Israeli authorities to determine whether and to what extent the attack affected German citizens."
And Bild published a video with the girl's mother.
"This morning, my daughter, Shani Nicole Luk, a German citizen, was kidnapped by Palestinian Hamas along with a group of tourists in southern Israel... We were sent a video in which I clearly saw our daughter unconscious in a car with Palestinians traveling through the Gaza Strip... I am asking for help and any information," said Ricarda Luk.
At the festival site, 240 bodies of murdered people were found. Presumably, all of them were participants of the festival. Some of them had their hands tied behind their backs, and their bodies showed signs of torture.
Meanwhile, footage of dozens of people leaving the shelters near Netivot and walking home has also been posted online. However, these could be not only festival participants, but also foreign workers who were hiding from Hamas.
The day before, on October 7, an unprecedented attack by Hamas militants on Israel began. First, thousands of rockets flew to the south and center of the country, and then the terrorists broke through into Israel. They killed civilians and soldiers, and took some people hostage.
In response, Israel announced the launch of Operation Iron Swords, and the Israeli Security Council unanimously approved a ground operation in the Gaza Strip.
OBOZREVATEL also covered what happened in Israel overnight and whether Hamas attacks were stopped and monitors the current situation online.