The terrorist organization Hamas reportedly kidnapped over 100 innocent individuals, including children and elderly grandparents. The victims’ families have been left in a state of terror and despair, only discovering their loved ones’ fates through chilling videos posted on social media by the gloating kidnappers.
The hostages were taken as human shields during a surprise attack launched by Hamas. The terrorists went door-to-door, rounding up entire families as they sought shelter from a barrage of rockets fired into settlements from Gaza.
Among those feared to be held hostage are two Britons, and even an elderly Holocaust survivor, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
NEW: CRAZY footage of Israel Defense Forces counter-attack on Gaza from earlier today. 🇮🇱🇵🇸
Israeli forces are carrying out operations to rescue hostages taken by Palestinian militants from Gaza.
— Libs Fails 🇺🇸 (@LibsFails) October 9, 2023
The situation escalated further when Hamas claimed to have fired 5,000 rockets into Israel from the occupied Gaza Strip. This triggered air raid sirens in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, causing widespread panic.
In one horrifying incident, a ten-year-old Israeli boy named Erez Kalderon was dragged towards an opening in the border’s fence by armed terrorists. His sister Gaya Kalderon, who lives in Tel Aviv, described the situation as a “horror movie that would never come true.”
Adding to the horror, hundreds of young people are missing after terrorists stormed an outdoor music festival. One attendee, Noa Argamani, was seen crying for her life as she was snatched away on a motorcycle. Her father could do nothing but pray for her safe return.
The elderly have not been spared either. Ditza Heiman, 84, was kidnapped from her home in Kibbutz Nir Oz, close to the border, and taken into Gaza. When her family tried calling her phone, a Hamas fighter answered, leaving them in a state of dread.
🚨BREAKING: Hamas confirmed to have over 100 hostages, including foreign nationals which were captured during the rave concert at the music festival near Gaza (video below). pic.twitter.com/b5BdkFa0GF
— Mario Nawfal (@MarioNawfal) October 8, 2023
In response to these atrocities, the international community has condemned the attacks. Both the United States and Britain have pledged to support Tel Aviv’s efforts. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak even offered to send ‘diplomatic or security support’, vowing terrorism will not prevail.
However, Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian representative at the UN, argued the international community should not encourage Israel to wage a war on Gaza as it would fuel the ‘cycle of violence.’
This statement, while seemingly diplomatic, fails to address the immediate threat posed by Hamas and the urgent need for action to rescue the hostages.
The horrifying stories of the hostages stolen by Hamas serve as a stark reminder of the brutal reality of terrorism. It is a call to action for the international community to unite against such atrocities and ensure the safe return of these innocent victims.