In a horrific and brutal series of events on Saturday, at least 40 babies were found murdered by Palestinian terrorists in the kibbutz of Kfar Aza, in southern Israel. The discovery was made by Israeli military forces after they drove the terrorists out of the area.
According to reports, upwards of 70 terrorists stormed the community, slaughtering entire families and taking numerous hostages. The attack was part of a coordinated effort by Hamas, as thousands of rockets were fired at Israel early Saturday morning, on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.
i24 News correspondent Nicole Zedeck, reporting from Kfar Aza, described the scene as "hard to even explain". She witnessed baby cribs thrown to the side and strollers left behind as she walked through the aftermath. In a kibbutz, babies are typically housed together in one nursery, making the discovery even more devastating.
According to reports, the terrorists set homes on fire to force people out of their safe rooms, where they were then mercilessly gunned down. IDF Major General Itai Veruv expressed his shock at the level of brutality, saying "it's not a war, it's a massacre. You see the babies, the mother, the father, in their bedrooms, in their protection rooms, and how the terrorists killed them. It's something we used to imagine from our grandmothers, grandfathers in pogroms in Europe and other places."
'About 40 babies were taken out on gurneys... Cribs overturned, strollers left behind, doors left wide open'
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Images have emerged showing blood-soaked cribs and child car seats, where some of the children were murdered. French journalist Margot Haddad confirmed reports of Hamas killing and beheading children and infants under 2 years old. She tweeted, "Infants and children under 2 years old were beheaded by Hamas in the Kibbutz of Kfar Aza. It is a horror, a massacre."
The toll of the terrorist attack on Saturday is staggering, with more than 900 Israelis killed and 2,600 more injured. At least 11 Americans were among the casualties, and it is believed that Americans are among those who were kidnapped and are being held hostage inside Gaza.
The attack on Kfar Aza was not the only one carried out by terrorists on Saturday. Israeli defense forces also reported that rockets were fired at them, and they managed to intercept over 90% of them. However, the terrorists also used drones to drop bombs on the defenses at the border, rendering them inoperable. This allowed the terrorists to enter Israel through the border wall, using explosives and bulldozers to break through.
More than 1,000 terrorists poured into Israel, using various methods such as paragliders, boats, motorcycles, and trucks. They hunted down innocent civilians door to door, committing murders and kidnappings.
The situation in Israel remains tense, as the country mourns the lives lost in the brutal attack. The international community has condemned the actions of Hamas and stands in solidarity with Israel during this difficult time. Investigations are ongoing, and measures are being taken to ensure the safety and security of Israeli citizens.