Taljibli told that the rocket launch began around 6:30 a.m. Thirty minutes later, Gaza militants opened fire on her and hundreds of others attending an Israeli music festival as they fled.
The horrific attack was just one of several locations hit by Hamas militants in the most sustained and coordinated attack across Israel on Saturday morning.
Gunmen killed several revelers at the scene, and many participants were taken hostage. Videos on social media showed that they were being held by armed kidnappers.
The outdoor Nova event in a rural farmland area near the Gaza-Israel border was supposed to be an all-night dance party celebrating the Jewish festival of Sukkot. But as dawn broke, Gibley said they started hearing sirens and rockets.
“We didn’t even have anywhere to hide because we were in open space,” she told . “Everyone got really panicked and started taking their stuff.”
Explosions could be heard in the video Gibli shot as she and friends walked through a quickly emptying concert venue about two miles from the border.
Someone was heard saying “Ima’le,” a common way for Israelis to express fear or shock.
Unbeknownst to Gibli and others, Gaza militants also began attacking Israeli tanks and soldiers less than two miles away.
As attendees drove away, the roads were blocked and no one could move, Gibley said. That’s when the gunfire started, she said.
In the video shot by Gibli, an Israeli military vehicle is seen driving against the flow of traffic as people try to give way to it. I just heard someone outside the car shouting: “Go! Forward! Forward!”
Gibley said she and her friends panicked, abandoned the car and started running away.
A video circulating on social media showed hundreds of attendees fleeing their cars and running through empty fields, with gunshots blaring in the background.
did not play the video in full, as many people could be seen falling to the ground as gunfire approached. It’s unclear from the video whether the fallen man was taking cover or if he was shot.
Gibley told she ran into the forest and ended up getting into another passing car. She saw many dead and wounded on the roadside, but one scene stood out to her: a concertgoer shot to death outside a van and another dead inside in the passenger seat.
Gibley confirmed that video of the scene obtained by showed that she saw two victims.
“It’s so scary, we don’t know where to drive without running into these evil people…” she said. “I have a lot of friends who get lost in the woods for a long time and get shot like they’re on a shooting range.”
Gibli is still trying to connect with friends who also attended the concert. She said she didn’t know if the others survived, were captured, or worse.
Details of the hostages in the attack are beginning to emerge as families identify relatives in videos circulating in Gaza.
An Israeli woman and her boyfriend, identified as Noa Argamani and Avinatan Or, who were attending a music festival, are kidnapped in a viral video .
In the video, Agamani is seen sitting on the back of a driven away motorcycle asking for help. As the motorcycle carrying Agamani passed by, he was seen nearby and was eventually arrested by several men and forced to walk with his hands behind his back.
A plume of black smoke was also seen in the background. could not independently verify the video.
Family and friends of the couple said they wanted the video to be shared widely in an effort to find them and ensure their safe release.
Noa Argamani’s roommate Amir Moadi told , “When you see someone that’s so close to you and you know you’re being affected It’s very difficult when you’re treated like this.” He added that he knew about five to six people who had attended the festival and had since disappeared.
“But we still have people missing. We have friends and family, young and old, everyone has come to Gaza and we now need to do everything we can to get them back,” he said.
Moshe Or, brother of Agamani’s boyfriend Avinatan Or, told affiliate Channel 12 that it didn’t take him long to find the footage.
“I saw his girlfriend Noah in the video. She was so scared. I couldn’t imagine what she was going through – screaming in panic on a motorcycle while some scumbags held her and refused to let her go. “He said. explain.
“My brother was a big man, two meters tall, who trained four times a week and was a very strong man. I guess they grabbed four or five of him and took him to the avenue.”
In another footage confirmed by , an unconscious woman attending the festival can be seen being paraded by armed militants in Gaza.
has identified the woman as Shani Louk, who holds dual German and Israeli citizenship. has reached out to her family for comment but has not yet received a response.
Her cousin confirmed to The Washington Post that Rock attended the festival.
In the film, Locke doesn’t move at all. One rocket-propelled grenade-wielding gunman draped his leg around her waist; another held a tuft of her braids. They hailed “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is Great”.
Some of the crowd gathered around the truck joined in the cheers. As the car drove away, a man spat on Locke’s head.
does not know of Locke’s whereabouts or condition at this time. () did not air the video because it was graphic and disturbing.
“We recognized her by her tattoos, and she had long braids,” Luke’s cousin told The Washington Post. “We have some hope… that Hamas will hold her and others accountable.”
“The Federal Foreign Office and the German Embassy in Tel Aviv are in close contact with the Israeli authorities to clarify whether and to what extent German citizens have been affected,” a German foreign ministry source told .
In a video obtained by German news outlet Bild, Luke’s mother Ricarda said: “This morning my daughter Shani Nicole Luke, a German citizen, was arrested in southern Israel with a group of tourists. Palestinian kidnapping by Hamas.”
“We have received a video in which I can clearly see our daughter unconscious in a car with Palestinians driving through the Gaza Strip,” she said. “I ask you to send us any help or Any message. Many thanks.”