Haunting images reveal the eerie silence that has descended on the site of the Nova festival, near Israel’s border with Gaza, where 260 revelers lost their lives in a brutal Hamas massacre.
Dozens of cars were abandoned after terrorists stormed the Nova Festival near Kibbutz Re’im, close to the Gaza Strip, as part of Saturday’s surprise attack.
Several vehicles were burned out and major parts were missing, including tires.
Many of the cars are missing entire windows after attackers deliberately shot at civilians in the early morning hours.
As thousands of partygoers ran for their lives, camping gear including sleeping bags were left behind, as well as everyday items such as water bottles and items of clothing.
Several tents, including those used for events at the festival, were also abandoned by both organizers and festival goers.
The land around the festival site appears to have been set on fire by Hamas terrorists
Tents and festival equipment were abandoned during the attack
Discarded belongings and rubbish were left lying around the Nova festival grounds
Festival goers ran for their lives as at least 260 people were killed in the attack
Aerial footage of the festival site, meanwhile, revealed a torched plot of land apparently created by Hamas terrorists.
IDF soldiers are currently patrolling the area around the festival site.
Israel’s Zaka Rescue Service said it has recovered at least 260 bodies so far in the aftermath of the attack.
Distraught relatives, hoping to find their loved ones, were asked to bring personal items such as combs and toothbrushes from their missing children so that investigators can try to match their identification.
The music at the deadly rave, which survivors initially said had a “good atmosphere”, played all night until about 6.30am, when a siren began blaring, warning of missiles.
IDF soldiers are currently patrolling the area around the festival site
Several cars were burned out and left to rust by Hamas fighters
Dozens of cars were abandoned by festival goers
The site was abandoned by festival goers on Saturday morning when Hamas fighters stormed the area
Festival goers knew there was a risk of rocket attacks. But they did not expect that a truck full of armed men would cut the power to the festival and storm the site, shooting indiscriminately into the crowd.
Peleg Orev, a bartender who worked at the festival and left the site just before Hamas launched their deadly attack, told Good Morning Britain about the atrocities at the venue.
“They tried to kill as many people as possible, with the main goal of killing innocent people,” he said.
Around 260 people have been confirmed dead on the festival site, but a number of festival goers are still missing. Many fear they are among the women, children and elderly victims abducted by Hamas.
A heroic Israeli father, Mark Peretz, 50, had rushed to the scene as the horror unfolded in the hope of saving his 20-year-old daughter Maya, who is among the missing.
Maya was with a group of 12 when she managed to flee the festival by car, but they were later forced to abandon the vehicle.
Personal belongings, including sleeping bags and clothing, were left behind in the mad rush to leave
Car windows were displayed by Hamas fighters during Saturday’s attack
It is the first time that the festival site has been visited since Saturday’s attack
Mark knew he was in danger when he began his journey south and had been on the phone with his family when gunshots rang out and the call was disconnected.
No one has heard from Mark since his son’s friends, who are all ex-military, started looking for him. They found his car, but no trace of the ailing father.
“(He) dropped everything and drove over there. Even considering the situation, considering that missiles were being thrown over our heads.
“Given that he saw Hamas terrorists driving into Israel, parachuting into Israel … he went to rescue Maya,” Mark’s daughter-in-law, Jessica Cohen, 24, told The New York Post.
He was about twenty minutes away from Maya when the phone went dead. “We were on the phone with him and we heard gunshots, but we don’t know exactly what happened,” Jessica added. Both Mark and Maya remain missing.