In a devastating turn of events near the Gaza border on October 7, a military helicopter from Israel is reported to have caused casualties among festival-goers at the Supernova music festival. The incident occurred following the launch of Operation Al-Aqsa Storm by the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement into the occupied territories.
According to reports, Israel’s security establishment believes that Hamas aimed to infiltrate Re’im and other villages, discovering the festival through drones or parachutes. Acting on a spontaneous decision, Hamas fighters were directed to the location using their communication system. The situation escalated when an Israeli army combat helicopter arrived at the scene, firing at Palestinian fighters and inadvertently hitting some attendees.
Key details supporting this assessment include the fact that the first resistance fighters arrived from Route 232, not from the Gaza border. Additionally, Hamas seemed unaware of the event’s details, as it was initially planned for Thursday and Friday, with an extra day added on Tuesday of that week.
Approximately 4,400 people attended the festival, with the majority managing to flee after the decision to disperse the event, made just four minutes after the rocket attack. Tragically, the incident resulted in the loss of 360 participants and exposed the vulnerability of the occupying entity.
Hamas launched Operation Al-Aqsa Storm in response to perceived Israeli violations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and escalating settler violence against Palestinians. The repercussions were severe, shaking the notion of invincibility surrounding the occupying entity. Subsequently, Tel Aviv initiated a conflict in the besieged Gaza Strip, resulting in significant casualties among Palestinians.
As the conflict continues, the Gaza Strip faces a dire situation with a “complete siege” imposed by the Israeli regime, cutting off essential supplies to the more than two million Palestinians living there. The ongoing crisis underscores the urgent need for diplomatic solutions to mitigate further human suffering and promote peace in the region.