Israeli army says babies were beheaded, and coroner confirms how they died: IDF spokesman says ‘It was hard to believe that even Hamas could carry out such a barbaric act’
- IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus appeared to confirm the dire reports
An Israeli military spokesman appeared this morning to confirm reports that Hamas militants beheaded babies during their brutal attacks this weekend that killed hundreds of Israeli civilians in their homes.
Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said a coroner who visited the aftermath of the massacre in Be’eri, a kibbutz near the Gaza Strip where some 108 bodies were found, had seen the children’s bodies and confirmed how they were died.
“I admit that it took us some time to really understand and verify that report, and it was difficult to believe that even Hamas could carry out such a barbaric act,” he said in comments carried by the BBC.
“I think we can now say with relative confidence that this is what Hamas did… there were bodies scattered everywhere, mutilated.”
In the immediate aftermath of the Hamas attacks, reports circulated that the terrorists had raped women and children and beheaded babies, but these were later dismissed as misinformation.
But Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu claimed the attackers had committed several atrocities in social media posts, including tying up boys and girls and shooting them in the head, burning people alive, raping women and beheading soldiers. He also shared an image of a blood-stained child’s bed, with the caption “Hamas is worse than ISIS.”
Rescuers and witnesses have described gruesome scenes, including the slaughter of elderly people and the discovery of bloody rooms full of slaughtered civilians.
An Israeli military source provided a photo of a child’s blood-soaked bed at Kibbutz Kerem Shalom after a Hamas-led attack on the house
A house is completely destroyed after being burned by Hamas militants during the attack on Kibbutz Be’eri, near the Gaza border on October 11, 2023 in Be’eri, Israel