Israeli festivalgoers could be seen dancing in the desert at dawn on Saturday morning, completely unaware that within minutes members of the Hamas militant group were about to descend from the skies and inflict terror.
The revelers appeared to be oblivious to the impending terror floating hundreds of feet above their heads in the distance in footage posted to TikTok.
The footage, shot soon after sunrise, sees the eagle-eyed cameraperson suddenly zoom in on grey dots in the air in the near distance, which turn out to be Palestinian militants.
It was later revealed that one of the many ways Hamas fighters managed to infiltrate Israel essentially undetected was by paragliding across the normally heavily guarded frontier.
Moments after the footage ends all 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.
Israeli festival goers could be seen dancing in the desert at dawn on Saturday morning, completely unawares that within minutes members of the Hamas militant group were about to descend from the skies and inflict terror on hundreds of partygoers
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 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 terrifying incident occurred during a religious 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.’
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.
Revelers 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.
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.
‘The family is OK with us posting this because they want her released and are hoping someone can help.
‘Her parents are in shock and can’t even speak. She’s an only child.
‘She is such a lovely, positive woman, always kind and loves to travel. She just got back from Sri Lanka. We can’t believe something like this would happen at home.’
Sitting on the back of a terrorist’s motorcycle, her outstretched arms pointing towards her helpless boyfriend, student Noa Argamani pleads for her life
Last night, Avi’s brother Moshe said: ‘My brother just wanted to party with his girlfriend and look what happened.’
Shani Louk, 30, a German tattoo artist, was also at the music festival for peace when she was seized by terrorists as they attacked Israel in a surprise assault which has left at least 480 people dead and 3,200 injured.
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.
Her body was 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
She said: ‘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.’
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 will stop supplying electricity, fuel and goods to Gaza, according to a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office Saturday night.
Much of Gaza was already thrown into darkness by nightfall after electrical supplies from Israel, which supplies almost all of the territories’ power, were cut off earlier in the day.
Netanyahu also said the ‘first phase’ of the counter operation had ended, and that Israel had fought off the majority of Hamas militants.
He vowed to continue the offensive ‘without reservation and without respite.’
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
The announcement came after the surprise attack saw militant fire thousands of rockets together with dozens of fighters into Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip in an unprecedented early morning invasion during a major Jewish holiday.
Israel said it is now at war with Hamas and launched airstrikes in Gaza.
The Hamas militant group says it is holding ‘dozens’ of Israeli soldiers captive in the Gaza Strip.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12606571/Horrifying-moment-hundreds-Israelis-attending-religious-festival-run-lives-Hamas-terrorists-attacked-opened-fire-rockets.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Israeli revelers are seen partying in the Negev desert before fleeing for their lives as blood-thirsty Hamas paragliders descend on festival