Slaughtered as they ran to help… by the men they hoped would save them: Hamas gunmen disguised themselves as cops – and shot Nova festival revelers as they approached them to protect himself
- Maya P. and her friend were among those rushing to their car to flee the site.
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A woman who escaped the Nova festival attack described Hamas gunmen disguised as police officers massacring people as they ran for help.
Maya P., 29, escaped death several times Saturday morning, when members of the militant group descended on the electronic music festival near Kibbutz Re’im, killing at least 260 people and taking captives back to Gaza .
Maya and her friend were among those rushing to their cars to flee the site, but it soon became clear that the only road to safety was closed on both sides by terrorist blockades.
Speaking from Israel, Maya, who was a bouncer at the festival, told Bild that the terrorists who set up the blockades were disguised as police and soldiers.
“People stumbled upon them hoping to be rescued, and then they were executed,” Maya said through tears.
A Hamas member holding a rifle at the electronic music festival near Kibbutz Re’im
Cars have become a death trap for many festival-goers, with activists using assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades to shoot at them.
Maya and her boyfriend briefly sought shelter with nearly 50 others in a bunker along the road.
But their instincts told them it wasn’t safe there.
As the shooting persisted, they took what would change their lives and ran across the road into the desert.
Recalling the preparations for the day of horror, Maya said Picture that she had “checked IDs and looked each participant in the eyes as they entered.”
“There were so many kids there, born in 2003, 2004, 2005,” Maya said.
By 6 a.m., her shift was over and she had changed into more comfortable sneakers for dancing.
“It may have saved my life,” she noted, as they helped her escape the terror.
Thousands of young people attended the nature festival, which became one of the first targets of Palestinian gunmen who crossed the Gaza border fence early Saturday under the cover of massive rocket barrages from Gaza.
Festival-goers could be seen dancing in the desert at dawn on Saturday, completely unaware that just minutes later, members of the militant group Hamas were about to descend from the sky and spread terror.
At 6:30 a.m., festival-goers heard rockets flying in the sky.
A photo taken October 10, 2023 shows the abandoned site of the weekend attack on the Supernova desert music festival by Palestinian militants near Kibbutz Reim in the Negev Desert in southern Israel.
Since rocket alarms were part of daily life for Israelis, they did not react because they did not immediately recognize the drama that was about to unfold.
Drone footage taken following the attack Saturday morning showed cars left on the side of the road, many destroyed or pockmarked by bullet holes.
The war has already left at least 2,200 dead on both sides and is expected to intensify.