Israel has released security camera footage from October 7th, showing Hamas gunmen crossing into Israel and terrorizing people at an outdoor music festival. The video captures the horrifying moment when one of the gunmen executes a woman at point-blank range. Israel is facing international criticism for its response to the Hamas rampage, which ultimately led to a devastating war in Gaza. Despite calls for a ceasefire, Israel has made it clear that it will continue its campaign until Hamas is completely eliminated.
A post shared on social media by an account linked to Israel’s Foreign Ministry accompanied the video footage, stating, “This is a war between good and evil.” The video depicts individuals desperately fleeing from the Hamas gunmen as they attempt to escape the festival near the border. The situation quickly turned into a massacre.
Towards the end of the footage, a woman being chased by one of the gunmen squats on the ground, with the gunman standing next to her. Within moments, the gunman raises his rifle and shoots the woman from close range, causing her to fall to the ground. While the video lacks audio, a cloud of dust rises from the ground as the trigger is pulled. The woman’s identity has not been disclosed.
Reuters verified the location of the footage near Kibbutz Alumim by examining the road layout, surrounding trees, and a nearby building that matched satellite imagery of the area.
Pressure is mounting on Israel to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza, where the Hamas-run government claims that over 13,300 people, including 5,600 children, have been killed. Israeli officials emphasize the need to focus on the killings committed by Hamas, which claimed the lives of approximately 1,200 individuals, mostly civilians. Additionally, 240 people were captured during what has been described as the deadliest day in Israel’s history, spanning 75 years.
While Western governments and many citizens have expressed support and sympathy for Israel in the face of the Hamas attacks, the Israeli response has also generated anger and criticism.
(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)