Israeli party-goers "had no idea what was coming" when Hamas terrorists "paradropped" into a desert rave near Gaza this weekend.
Around 200 bodies have been found at the site of the all-night "peace" music festival held near Kibbutz Re’im after militants descended upon the party in the early hours of Saturday morning (October 7). The event was held to mark the end of the Sukkot holiday, a week-long observance in which Jews mark the Autumn harvest.
Taking to X (formerly Twitter), one user shared a video of the carefree revellers dancing under a colourful tent in the hours before Hamas arrived. "Hamas paradropped right into an ongoing rave in Israel," the user wrote. "They had no idea what was coming!"
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Other festival attendees were kidnapped in the attack. Noa Argamani, 25, who was taken after Hamas stormed a desert rave she was attending with boyfriend Avi Nathan, the Daily Star previously reported.
Footage taken at the scene shows Argamani perched on the back of a gunman's motorcycle with her arms stretched out towards her partner. She can be heard screaming: "Don't kill me! No, no, no," before the terrorist speeds off. She has not been seen since and Nathan's whereabouts are also unknown.
Also unaccounted for is British citizen Jake Marlow, who was working on the festival's security team. He has not been heard from since around 5.30am local time on Saturday (3.30am GMT).
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Speaking to Jewish News, Lisa said: "He was doing security at this rave yesterday and called me at 4.30am to say all these rockets were flying over. Then, at about 5.30am, he texted to say, 'Signal very bad, everything OK, will keep you updated I promise you,' and that he loves me.
"I don’t know what we’re supposed to be doing. I've got people in Israel phoning the home guard command, others talking to others, everyone’s just trying to help as much as they can."
The attack on the festival came as thousands of rockets rained down on towns and cities in a surprise attack at dawn. At least 250 Israelis and more than 200 Palestinians have been killed so far, and thousands more people are injured.
In another statement issued last night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to get revenge on Hamas for their attack. "I tell Hamas, you are responsible for the wellbeing of captives, Israel will settle the score with anyone who harms them," he said.
"What happened today has never been seen in Israel, we will take mighty vengeance for this black day.
"All the places that Hamas hides in, operates from, we will turn them into rubble," he added, before urging innocent Palestinians living near Gaza to "get out of there now."
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