UNFATHOMABLE: At Least 700 Murdered, 2,243 Wounded in Horrific Attack



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    Shifra Vepua

    UNFATHOMABLE: At Least 700 Murdered, 2,243 Wounded in Horrific Attack

    At about 6:30 a.m. on Shabbos/Simchas Torah morning, hundreds of terrorists infiltrated into Israel, took over Israeli border communities, including an IDF base, and nearby towns, and murdered hundreds of Jews and injured thousands. At the same time, Hamas terrorists launched thousands of rockets at Israel, including the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem area, killing several Israelis and seriously injuring others • Full Story

    Via The Yeshivah World News

    At about 6:30 a.m. on Shabbos/Simchas Torah morning, hundreds of terrorists infiltrated into Israel, took over Israeli border communities, including an IDF base, and nearby towns, and murdered hundreds of Jews and injured thousands. At the same time, Hamas terrorists launched thousands of rockets at Israel, including the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem area, killing several Israelis, seriously injuring others, and causing widespread damage.

    Terrorists entered dozens of Israeli yishuvim, towns and cities and went door to door firing with automatic weapons, sometimes killing entire families. They also took over 100 hostages, including many women, children, and the elderly. Some of the murdered victims’ bodies were taken hostage as well.

    The terrorists captured an IDF base and murdered and took hostage dozens of IDF officers and soldiers and captured tanks and other equipment and brought them into Gaza. In Sderot, terrorists captured the local police station, murdering at least 10 police officers, and opened fire on the streets, murderous numerous civilians. Israeli security forces destroyed the police station overnight to eliminate the terrorists who were holed inside.

    As of about 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, it was reported that over 700 Israelis had been murdered and 2,500 wounded, including 20 in critical condition and over 300 in serious condition. Sadly, the death toll is expected to rise. Thirty-four Israel Police and Border Police officers and policemen fell in clashes with the terrorists and at least 57 IDF officers and soldiers were killed, many of whom were only 19 or 20 years old.

    Israel’s security cabinet unanimously voted on Motzei Shabbos to declare a war, Operation Iron Swords – a first since the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

    As of Sunday morning, at 11 a.m., Israeli security forces were still trying to gain control of terrorists in six Israeli communities in the south, including Sderot, Kissufim, Kibbutz Be’eri, Kfar Aza and Zikim. Earlier on Sunday morning, security forces recaptured the Sderot police station, which had been in the hands of terrorists since early Shabbos morning.

    In a neis, about 50 Israeli hostages being held in the dining room of Kibbutz Be’eri since Shabbos morning were rescued on Sunday morning by Israeli security forces and the terrorists were eliminated.  About an hour later, Yamam officers eliminated the terrorists holding hostages in Ofakim. Three officers were injured during the clashes.

    On Sunday morning, Hezbollah terrorists fired a number of rockets from Lebanon into the Har Dov area of northern Israel. The IDF responded with artillery fire and a drone strike.

    About 2,000 young Israelis, including many high school students, who were attending an overnight nature rave 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 240 of the participants at the rave were found dead later in the day by Israeli security officials. A number of fatalities were tourists from the US and Europe.

    As of Motzei Shabbos, Israeli security forces were still trying to subdue terrorists who took hostages in 22 locations. In Ofakim on Motzei Shabbos, at least ten terrorists were inside apartments after murdering residents and taking some hostage. Gun battles ensued between Israeli security forces and the terrorists and some of the security forces were killed. At about 11 p.m. on Motzei Shabbos, a number of Israelis were still being held hostage in the dining room at Kibbutz Be’eri.

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