A rare symbol of hope: Ten-month-old twin brothers found in their cribs more than 12 hours after Hamas gunmen killed their parents are now safely in the care of their families
- Twins Guy and Roi Berdichevsky were found in their cots in a secure family room
- Both babies are now safely in the care of their families in a rare symbol of hope
Amid the many horrific stories of Hamas’ terror attack on Israel, the discovery of two orphaned babies near the bodies of their murdered parents is one of the most disturbing.
Ten-month-old twin brothers Guy and Roi Berdichevsky were found in their cots in a secure family room, more than 12 hours after gunmen killed their parents, Itay and Hadar.
The Mail on Sunday can today reveal that both babies are now safely in the care of their families – and their remarkable survival offers a rare symbol of hope.
But the boys’ uncle, Inbar Rozenfeld, said the children — though physically unharmed — long for their slain parents. “They want to see familiar faces,” he said. ‘Because they’re so small, they’re used to the sounds of their parents’ voices and the smells, so it’s harder than usual to get them to sleep. They need the comfort of their parents. They just need their routine back.”
The Berdichevsky family lived in the kibbutz Kfar Aza, a place now synonymous with horror.
Ten-month-old twin brothers Guy and Roi Berdichevsky were found in their cots in a secure family room, more than 12 hours after gunmen murdered their parents
The twins Guy and Roi and their parents Itay and Hadar Berdichevsky
Inbar, who lives in a nearby town, said he last heard from his sister Hadar at 6:45 a.m. last Saturday, when she texted him to say the kibbutz was under attack.
Gunmen have slaughtered dozens of civilians, including many babies and children. Some victims had their hands tied and their bodies burned beyond recognition. Israeli soldiers on the ground, less than three kilometers from the Gaza border, compared the killings to the Nazi pogroms of World War II.
In an attempt to protect the twins, Itay, 30, was knocked down as he stood between their beds, while Hadar, also 30, was shot in the head in the kitchen. For the next twelve hours, the couple’s neighbor, Ido Shamriz, who was hiding in his own hideout, listened to the boys’ cries but could not reach them because the house was surrounded by terrorists.
“I could hear Arabic outside,” Ido said. “The terrorists were on my balcony in front of my front door.” Earlier, Ido, part of the kibbutz’s security team, fought gun battles against Hamas terrorists, killing at least one person.
At 8 p.m., with the coast clear, he joined a specialized team of commandos as they entered the Berdichevsky house. “The babies were so happy just to be held and not to be alone,” he said. “I kissed and hugged them, but the army told me that this is not the time to be emotional and that they had to eliminate them before the terrorists found them.”
The twins’ devastated family are now doing everything they can to comfort them. “They represent light in this dark time,” Inbar said. “The only joy in the story is the survival of the twins.”