About 2,000 young Israelis, including many high school students, who were attending an overnight nature rave and music festival at Kibbutz Reim outside Ofakim were caught outside during the incursion and hundreds were gunned down by the terrorists. Terrorists also threw grenades inside the tents where some of the Israelis were sleeping. Some Israelis tried to flee only to be killed after terrorist threw grenades at them or fired into their cars. Others were taken hostage and brought to Gaza. Witnesses saw the terrorists dragging away some of the murdered Israelis’ bodies.
Sadly, the bodies of about 260 of the participants at the rave were found dead later in the day and were removed by ZAKA paramedics. A number of fatalities were tourists from the US and Europe.
The total figure is expected to be higher as other paramedic teams were working in the area.
Videos on social media showed hundreds of Israelis fleeing from the terrorists with the sounds of gunshots heard in the background.
According to a Channel 12 report on Sunday evening, Hamas was aware that thousands of young Israelis would be attending a nature rave in the Negev and specifically went to that area to target them.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)