In a shocking and devastating incident, at least 260 people died when Hamas militants targeted the Supernova music festival in Israel as part of their incursion.
The festival, located near Re’im in the country’s southern region, became the site of a horrifying massacre, adding to the rising death toll in the ongoing conflict.
The grim revelation of the casualties at the music event in the desert region of Negev came to light through the Israeli rescue service, Zika, on Sunday.
The horrifying event unfolded when social media footage showed festivalgoers joyously dancing late into the night on Friday.
However, their celebrations were abruptly interrupted by an attack in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Disturbing clips circulating on social media depicted the chaos that ensued. In one video, panicked individuals ran through an open field as gunshots echoed in the background.
The harrowing scenes continued as another video showed a young woman being forcibly placed onto a motorbike while pleading with two men, desperately begging, “Please don’t kill me.”
Subsequently, she appeared in separate footage at an undisclosed location, sitting down and drinking water, presumably still in shock from the traumatic experience.
Hostage Crisis Unfolds as Hamas Seizes Over 100 Israelis, Including Women and Children
Hamas militants breached the heavily guarded border early on Saturday, resulting in the seizure of at least 100 Israelis as hostages.
Shockingly, among those captured were women and children, and several hostage situations remained unresolved, as confirmed by the Israeli US Embassy.
The captives, civilians, and soldiers, were subjected to various fates, with some being transported back into Gaza, while others were paraded through the streets in a grim display of power.
During this unfolding tragedy, relatives of the missing individuals held a heart-wrenching news conference, sharing the distressing phone calls they received from their children.
The crisis has taken a severe toll on the population, with Israeli officials reporting that 1,590 people have been injured since the incursion began on Saturday.
Meanwhile, in Gaza, the toll on Palestinian lives has been equally devastating, with 413 confirmed dead and 2,300 injured, according to the health ministry.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning, urging those still in Gaza to evacuate immediately.
He threatened to reduce the area “into rubble” in response to the weekend’s relentless attacks.
As the world watches in horror, this tragic event at the Supernova festival stands as a somber reminder of the ongoing violence and instability in the region, leaving countless families shattered and communities in mourning.