Hamas shows how it rehearsed deadly Israel paraglider attack
How Hamas trained to slaughter from the skies: Terror group shows how it rehearsed deadly Israel paraglider attack, with mock-up buildings marked with Jewish Star of David
Hamas fighters have been shown rehearsing their deadly Israel paraglider attack, landing with their weapons drawn before infiltrating mock-up buildings marked with the Jewish Star of David.
Fighters from the ‘Falcon’ squadron were seen walking through the sand at dawn carrying the equipment that would be used in the operation.
Video shows them starting up the engines with parachutes stretched out on a sandy strip of land before one of the buggies carrying two men takes off.
Several paragliders can then be seen be seen hovering in the low light above the desert scrub before they land beside a village with their rifles drawn and storm the buildings, opening fire on targets.
Israeli festivalgoers could be seen dancing in the desert at dawn on Saturday, completely unaware that within minutes members of the Hamas militant group were about to descend from the skies and inflict terror.
Hamas fighter from the ‘Falcon’ squadron were seen walking through the sand at dawn carrying the equipment that would be used in the operation
Several paragliders can then be seen be seen hovering in the low light above the desert scrub before they land beside a village with their rifles drawn
Footage shows the fighter storming buildings marked with the Star of David and opening fire on targets
Revellers had gathered for an all-night trance music rave near Kibbutz Re’im, close to the Gaza Strip, to celebrate the end of the Sukkot religious holiday.
They appeared to be oblivious to the impending terror floating hundreds of feet above their heads in the distance in footage posted to TikTok.
Drone footage taken in the aftermath of the attack in Saturday’s early hours shows cars left at the roadside, many destroyed or pockmarked with bullet impacts.
Hundreds of cars abandoned in the scramble to flee a massacre at an Israeli music festival where Hamas gunmen killed 260 people and took captives back into Gaza underline the scale of the deadliest attack on Israel in decades.
‘It was just a massacre, a total massacre,’ said 26-year-old Arik Nani, who escaped from the dance party, where he was celebrating his birthday after hiding for hours in a field.
‘We didn’t know where to go,’ he said. ‘I found myself with a friend, we found ourselves completely afraid and in shock, we ran just to understand what was happening to us.’
Around 700 people have been killed in Israel – a staggering toll by the scale of its recent conflicts. Nearly 500 have been killed in Gaza, an enclave of 2.3 million Palestinians bordering Israel and Egypt.
Thousands of young people attended the Nature Party, which became one of the first targets of Palestinian gunmen who breached Gaza’s border fence early on Saturday under cover of massive rocket barrages from Gaza.
A Hamsas fighter holiding a parachute during the hearsal
The group could be seen starting the engines before taking off on a stretch of sand
One of the paragliders taking off before he was joined by the other group members
A paraglider landing with his rifle drawn before the assault
Hamas fighters storming the buildings during the rehearsal
Video footage circulating on social media shows the gunmen descending in paragliders on the gathering in the Negev Desert.
‘I felt like existential fear, I have never felt so close to death, this time I really felt like it was the end,’ said 23-year-old Zohar Maariv, who had to jump out of the car she was escaping in when it came under fire from two sides.
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Footage posted on Tiktok, shot soon after sunrise, sees the eagle-eyed cameraperson suddenly zoom in on grey dots in the air, which turn out to be Palestinian militants.
Hamas fighters managed to infiltrate Israel essentially undetected by paragliding across the normally heavily guarded frontier.
Moments later, the dancing stops and out terror ensues as festival goers are forced to run for their lives as armed Hamas fighters began shooting and kidnapping whoever lay in their path.
Festivalgoers are then warned of an incoming rocket attack just as the invasion begins.
The terrifying incident occurred during a music festival near Kibbutz Urim in the South of Israel, with the immediate panic that swept through the crowd captured on video.
‘We received a “red siren” [rocket warning] alert. It led to chaos, especially among the vehicles trying to exit,’ a festivalgoer named Daniel explained.
‘Then gunshots began, and we had to start running. Currently, we are in hiding, waiting for assistance.’
Israeli festival goers could be seen dancing in the desert at dawn on Saturday, completely unawares that within minutes members of the Hamas militant group were about to descend from the skies and inflict terror
In footage posted to TikTok revelers appeared to be oblivious to the impending terror floating hundreds of feet above their heads in the distance
The militant paragliders can be seen to be getting closer while those on the ground appear oblivious
Hamas fighters circumvented Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip by flying in via paraglider, according to the Israeli military (pictured: an alleged paraglider crossing into Israel)
The siren was quickly drowned out by gunshots when heavily armed Hamas militants arrived on the scene as the terror group began its attack on Israel, which have so far killed hundreds and wounded thousands more.
Videos posted to social media, although grainy, appear to depict scenes of chaos in the sand at the outdoor party, reports The Jerusalem Post.
Panicked Israelis can be seen shouting, running, and hurriedly getting into cars as they attempt to escape the festival in the north-western Negev desert, about 5 miles from the city of Ofakim.
‘Palestinian terrorists invaded a festival where hundreds of Israelis were camping out for the Shemini Atzeret holiday. The panic caused by this is evident on the fades [faces] of the civilians being targeted by heavily armed militants. Pray for Israel,’ the video is captioned.
A second video of the same scene also sees hundreds of Israelis running for cover and countless others speeding off in packed vehicles across the dusty ground.
‘Israelis running from cities to deserts by foot, car and any other means,’ reads the caption.
Israeli festivalgoers run for their lives through the desert after being warned of an incoming rocket attack just as Hamas invaded the country on Saturday
Panic swept through the crowd who were partying in the north-western Negev desert, about 5 miles from the city of Ofakim.
People could be seen hurriedly packing their cars in a desperate effort to get away
The Jerusalem Post details how Israeli security forces managed to escort some to a southern military base for safety.
The attack came during the Jewish holy festival of Shemini Atzeret and just one day after Israel marked the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.
One student snatched by Hamas terrorists who attended the desert rave was a mother and her two young girls.
Noa Argamani, 25, was kidnapped yesterday morning as a video showed her sitting on the back of a militant’s motorcycle, with her outstretched arms pointing towards her helpless boyfriend, pleading for her life.
She screams ‘Don’t kill me! No, no, no’ – but the gunman speeds off. Noa has not been seen since.
Her boyfriend, Avi Nathan, distraught and helpless, is left behind in the desert. He too is also missing.
The footage of Noa’s kidnapping was widely shared on social media.
Israelis could be heard shouting, running, and hurriedly getting into cars as they attempt to escape
Some could be seen scrambling for the safety of cars to get away from danger
Videos posted to social media appears to depict scenes of chaos in the sand
‘Imagine what it is like for her family,’ said her university roommate, Amir Moadi. They found out she had been snatched only when they chanced upon the footage online.’
‘I was supposed to go to the desert party but decided at the last minute not to,’ said Amir. ‘We last heard from her around 10am or 11am this morning when she texted us all to say that terrorists had opened fire and were chasing everyone but that they were both safe in hiding.
‘We haven’t heard from them since but then, unfortunately, we saw the disturbing videos of her abduction online. One of her on the back of a bike with terrorists.
‘Her parents are in shock and can’t even speak. She’s an only child.
Sitting on the back of a terrorist’s motorcycle, her outstretched arms pointing towards her helpless boyfriend, student Noa Argamani pleads for her life
Shani Louk, 30, a German tattoo artist, was also taken from the festival by terrorists as they attacked Israel in a surprise assault.
Her lifeless and semi-naked body was paraded in the back of a Hamas pick-up truck as militants sat on top of her and jeered following the violent incursion.
She filmed splayed in the back of a truck, with one leg at an unnatural angle, terrorists sitting around it and supporters of the group cheering, running alongside and spitting on her.
Hamas had claimed the body was a female Israeli soldier – but it was last night confirmed to be Shani by her cousin Tomasina Weintraub-Louk, who told DailyMail.com that the family recognized her distinctive leg tattoos and dreadlocked hair.
Noa’s boyfriend, Avi Nathan (left), distraught and helpless, is left behind in the desert. He too is missing
Along with hundreds of other young Israelis, Noa (pictured) and Avi had been enjoying a peace festival in the desert when they were forced to flee for their lives
German tattoo artist named Shani Louk, 30, was in Israel to attend a peace rave
Shocking footage shared on social media appears to show Palestinian fighters parading Shani’s naked body on the back of a pick-up truck
Hamas had claimed the body in the truck was a female Israeli soldier – but it was last night confirmed to be tourist Shani by her cousin Tomasina Weintraub-Louk
Hamas claimed to have fired 5,000 rockets into Israel from the occupied Gaza Strip, setting off air raid sirens in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Israeli civilians were purportedly taken off the street and driven back into Gaza
Hamas militants fired thousands of rockets and sent dozens of fighters into Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip in an unprecedented surprise early morning attack during a major Jewish holiday Saturday. Pictured, people try to extinguish fire on cars following a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip in Ashkelon, southern Israel
A woman in Tel Aviv picks her way through rubble late on Saturday
Dozens of rockets are fired by Palestinians towards Israel on Saturday night
‘We have heard nothing. We are hoping for positive news. It is definitely Shani. She was at a music festival for peace. This is a nightmare for our family,’ she said.
Esther Borochov, who fled the rave party, said she survived by playing dead in a car after the driver trying to help her escape was shot point blank.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Israel was ‘at war’ and called for a mass mobilization of army reserves.
Israel imposed a total siege on the Gaza Strip Monday and cut off the water supply as it kept bombing targets in the Palestinian enclave in response to the Hamas surprise assault it has likened to the 9/11 attacks.
Reeling from the Islamist group’s unprecedented ground, air and sea attacks, Israel has counted over 700 dead and launched a withering barrage of strikes on Gaza that have killed 560 people there.
The skies over Gaza were blackened by plumes of smoke from deafening explosions as Hamas kept launching rockets as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, where missile defence systems fired and air raid sirens blared.
Hamas claimed on Monday that Israeli air strikes had killed four of the captives.
Israel said it had called up 300,000 army reservists, and truck convoys were seen moving tanks to the south, where its forces had dislodged the last holdout Hamas fighters from embattled towns.
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