At least 260 bodies have been recovered by Israeli emergency services from the desert area near the Gaza Strip where hundreds of young people were celebrating an electronic music festival in the early hours of Saturday, when members of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas burst in shooting. A spokesperson for ZAKA, a group of volunteers that is responsible for recovering human remains after attacks and other disasters, confirmed this Sunday to Israeli media that so far more than 260 bodies have been collected from the site, located near Kibbutz Reim, in the southern Israel and close to Gaza.
Hundreds of parents have been desperately waiting since Saturday for news of their children missing in this massacre that has shocked Israel and this Sunday many went to the police station in the city of Lod, near Ben Gurion airport, which was set up as a reporting center. of the missing.
“I came to rescue my daughter, she is kidnapped in Gaza. I saw a tiktok where she appears surrounded by terrorists,” an Israeli father who requested anonymity said this Sunday. This man last contacted his daughter while the 30-year-old was at a music festival in the desert of southern Israel, celebrating Sukkot, a Jewish holiday. The festival was interrupted by the siren warning of a missile attack and immediately groups of armed militiamen aboard trucks opened fire in all directions.
Israel declared itself in a state of war on Saturday, after Hamas launched a multiple attack, by land, sea and air, that caught the country by surprise, on an unprecedented scale, with the launch of thousands of rockets and ground incursions in Israeli soil, where dozens of citizens have been massacred and kidnapped.
In two days, the dead in Israel exceed 700 and more than 2,200 injured, although the numbers may rise as Israeli troops regain control of areas taken by Hamas. Emergency services have not clarified whether or not any of the 260 recovered bodies are included in the overall death toll. On the other hand, heavy Israeli retaliatory bombings on Gaza have left more than 430 dead and 2,300 injured.
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