Last Updated: October 15, 2023, 12:16 IST
An Israeli couple, who heroically died last week while trying to save their ten-month-old twins, was among dozens of sombre stories that emerged in the aftermath of deadly Hamas attacks. Itay and Hadar Berdichevsky, both in their 30s, hid their babies in a shelter before the terrorists stormed their house and killed them.
The couple, who lived in Kfar Aza kibbutz, less than two miles from the Gaza border, fought the intruders until their last breath. Trying to shield the twins, Itay was cut down as he stood between their cots, while Hadar was shot in the head in the kitchen.
Itay and Hadar Berdichevsky, 30 years old. They hid the ten-month-old twins in the shelter while terrorists broke into their home. They were brutally murdered after fighting fiercely with the terrorists. The babies were left alone for over 12 hours until they were rescued.… pic.twitter.com/QrNHC2Y7d3— Rotem Segev (@RotemSegev) October 9, 2023
The story of the young Israeli couple is many stories emerging from Israel after Saturday’s large-scale assault which has left more than 1,300 dead and saw at least 120 civilians taken hostage. On Sunday, the UK’s Daily Mail reported that both babies are now safely in the care of their extended family. The report said though physically unscathed – the infants are longing for their murdered parents.
“They want to see familiar faces,” the boys’ uncle, Inbar Rozenfeld was quoted as saying by the UK newspaper. “Because they’re so small, they’re used to the sounds of their parents’ voices, the smells, so it’s harder than usual to get them to sleep. They need the comfort of their parents. They just need their routine back.”
What happened at places such as Kfar Aza, where about 100 people were killed, is being described as a “nightmare”. Israeli media reports said Hamas gunmen massacred dozens of civilians, many of them babies and children. Israeli soldiers compared the murders to the Nazi pogroms of the Second World War.
The attacks on kibbutzim highlighted how vulnerable the gated farming communities are. Kibbutzim were created by European Jews who came to Palestine when it was under British mandate after World War I, then after Israel was created in 1948. For decades they have functioned as agricultural cooperatives operating under egalitarian principles.