More accounts are emerging of kidnappings, rapes, and torture committed by Hamas terrorists against Israeli civilians. So far, at least 150 Israelis, most of them apparently civilians, were kidnapped by Hamas gunmen and stolen across Israel’s border with Gaza. Among the kidnapped are elderly women and small children. Human rights groups are tracking these kidnappings as evidence of war crimes.
Within hours of the attacks on Saturday, photos and videos began to circulate showing the mass murder of Israeli civilians—including people killed in their cars, and left dead on the ground in the streets and at a bus stop—as well as the kidnapping of children, young women, and the elderly. Two widely circulated videos have sparked outrage because of the the apparent sexual assaults they depict, the Times of Israel reports.
One video shows a woman who appears to have been beaten and who seems to be bleeding into her shorts being forced out of a Jeep in Gaza. The other video shows a woman, later identified by her family as 22-year-old Shani Louk, stripped down to her underwear and lying face down in a truck, her legs twisted at unnatural angles. Hamas gunmen sit on her body, and bystanders spit on it. According to The Washington Post, Louk was kidnapped at a music festival where Hamas killed at least 260 people. Tablet magazine reports that many of the women executed at the festival were raped “next to their friends bodies, dead bodies” before being killed. Some of those who survived were kidnapped and seen “paraded through the city’s streets” in Gaza by their captors, “blood gushing from between their legs,” Tablet reported.