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‘The whole event was just erased’: Survivor of Israel’s Nova Festival massacre recounts horror of Hamas attack

Aftermath of an assault on the Nova Pageant by Hamas gunmen from Gaza close to Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel. Reuters

October 7, 2023, was an extraordinary Sunday for Israel until it was stormed by lethal rocket assaults by Hamas. 1000’s of revelers had gathered within the nation’s southern border with Gaza for the Nova competition the place they had been dancing to loud beats however because the night time become day, airstrikes and gunshots had been the one factor the concert-goers may hear.

A 28-year-old man named Jonathan Diller, who survived the Nova Pageant bloodbath recounted his expertise. His account was shared by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) on X.

“There were around 3,000 people in the festival and over 260 of them died, slaughtered to death. Some were also kidnapped. The whole event was just erased,” the Italian-American mentioned.

Narrating the horrific day, Diller mentioned that he and his group of mates had been dancing when all of the sudden they noticed rockets. “We were not surprised. This is something that has happened in the past. We knew the drill,” he mentioned.

“I then saw a woman whose knee was shot and was bleeding. We tried to find something to block her wound as they (Hamas) were shooting around us. In the meantime, she just died in front of our eyes,” Diller mentioned.

He added that a whole bunch of individuals had been devastated as they may not discover their mates and family members.

The assault on the open-air Tribe of Nova music competition is believed to be the worst civilian bloodbath in Israeli historical past, with no less than 260 useless and a nonetheless undetermined quantity taken hostage. Dozens of Hamas militants who had blown by means of Israel’s closely fortified separation fence and crossed into the nation from Gaza opened fireplace on about 3,500 younger Israelis.

With inputs from AP



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