In a desert area about three kilometers from the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, the open-air Music for Peace festival was halted due to the sound of rockets and sound alarms. The festival is known for promoting peaceful coexistence between communities and celebrating the values of peace and unity. But Saturday was different. As soon as dawn broke (it was 6:30 am local time), festival-goers were surprised by attacks launched by Hamas, as revealed. CNN.
It did not take more than half an hour for hundreds of people to start running, escaping Gaza gunmen, who were shooting at festival-goers. The site was one of several points hit in the most organized and coordinated attack in Israel in several decades..
According to information provided at the end of the day, at least 260 bodies of victims were found. The assessment was conducted by an Israeli organization associated with saving people, called Zaka.
A number of other participants were taken hostage, which was confirmed by some videos posted on social media, in which sounds of explosions were also heard. “Imali,” a common Israeli expression expressing fear or panic, can be heard in the videos. Less than three kilometers away, Hamas began attacking Israeli tanks and soldiers. In fact, a barrage of thousands of rockets is being launched from Gaza towards Israel.
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