Around 40 infants, some of whom had their heads severed, were discovered by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in southern Kfar Aza kibbutz. This grim find followed a surprise attack by Hamas militants on October 7th. The IDF launched a comprehensive search and recovery operation on Tuesday to retrieve the remains of both Israeli residents and Hamas fighters.
Foreign media were permitted access to Kfar Aza, a community left devastated in the wake of the Saturday attack. A journalist from i24 News, reporting from the scene, described conversations with soldiers who recounted the disturbing sights they had encountered as they combed through the affected areas. Tragic scenes included the bodies of infants with beheaded corpses and entire families shot down in their beds.
In Kfar Aza kibbutz, the authorities worked diligently to recover the bodies of Israeli civilians and Hamas combatants from the charred ruins of houses and torched vehicles.
Major General Itai Veruv, an Israeli military officer, expressed his shock and horror, stating, “You see the babies, the mothers, the fathers, in their bedrooms, in their safe rooms, and witness the terrorists’ brutal actions. This is not a war; it’s not a battlefield. It’s a massacre, an act of terror.” He further emphasized the unprecedented nature of these events, drawing parallels to historical atrocities such as the pogroms in Europe, highlighting that such occurrences were not part of recent history.