Two survivors of the ill-fated Supernova music festival have written an editorial for the Daily Mail, detailing their harrowing experience as Hamas invaded the event, bringing chaos and bloodshed in their wake.
The festival, which was intended as a celebration of peace near the Israel-Gaza border, transformed into a scene of terror and devastation when Hamas launched an attack on Saturday morning.
Five close Israeli friends in their twenties, Guy Azar, Moshe Saadyan, Ben Hasid, Raz Mordechai and Or Moshe, were among the attendees. By the end of the tragic day, Ben was dead, Guy was taken hostage and later killed in Gaza, and Moshe went missing. Or and Raz were the only known survivors from among their group of friends, and they described their experiences in their article.
The festival, which was attended by 3,000 people, was in full swing until 6:30 a.m. when the music abruptly stopped.
“At first, we assumed it was a routine rocket attack. Alarms like this are common in Israel,” the pair wrote.
“Little did we know, heavily armed Hamas terrorists were already landing nearby as their paragliders touched down in the sand, and others surrounded us on foot and in vehicles,” the authors continued.
“Then, at 7.30am, the true horror of our situation began to unravel: Police officers suddenly shouted for everyone to hurry to their cars. The first terrorists, approaching with weapons aimed directly at the crowds, had been spotted. “
The two friends found themselves separated in the chaos. Raz recounted a near-death experience where he hid behind a refrigerator in a pop-up bar, narrowly escaping a terrorist who sprayed the area with gunfire. Or, on the other hand, managed to find a water bottle spattered with blood to quench his thirst in the scorching heat.
Both eventually reunited and, along with other survivors, took shelter beside an empty tank. They were trapped there for over three hours, witnessing the horrors around them, including injured festival-goers and dwindling police ammunition. It was only when IDF reinforcements arrived that they were evacuated, driving through a nightmarish scene of destruction and death.
The aftermath revealed the tragic fates of their friends. Ben’s body was found in the desert, and Guy’s family received the heart-wrenching news of his likely death in Gaza. Moshe’s whereabouts remain unknown.
These five friends, doomed never again to celebrate their love of music together, are just several of the many thousands directly affected by the recent invasion.
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