A British family hid inside a safe room for nine hours with their newborn baby while Hamas set fire to their home and tore down their village, it was reported.
Aimee and Uriel Labban, UK-Israeli citizens, were asleep in their Nirwin home near the Gaza strip with their 10-day-old son Kai when they were awoken to rocket fire at 6am on Saturday.
Hamas terrorists killed their dog, torched their car and forced the family to flee to the safe room where they had to hold their baby up to the window for fresh air due to the smoke, the family said.
The parents, both in their 30s, hid in the tiny room with Kai’s grandmother Deborah Mintz, originally from Romford, fearing they would be killed if they stepped outside.
They were finally freed just before 3pm local time as Israeli Defence Forces arrived and helped them to a nearby bomb shelter.
Photographs show the traumatised family in the aftermath of the attack, with Ms Labban seen holding an oxygen mask to her face while clutching onto baby Kai.
Aimee and Uriel Labban (pictured) reportedly hid inside a safe room for nine hours with their newborn baby Kai while Hamas set fire to their home and tore down their village
Hamas terrorists killed the couple’s dog, torched their car and forced the family to flee to the safe room
The family were finally freed just before 3pm local time as Israeli Defence Forces arrived and helped them to a nearby bomb shelter
Another image shows the couple during happier times – seemingly on their wedding day – looking at each other and smiling.
Russell Langer, a policy researcher related to the family, told The Telegraph he learnt of their plight when getting a text message saying: ‘We are stuck. They came in and burnt our house.’
Mr Langer said he stayed in contact with the family via text, finding out how close the terrorists were to them and the death of the family’s beloved dog, Mickey.
‘They ran straight to the safe room. They can literally hear the terrorists. [The] room has been filled with smoke, so they basically lifted the baby up to the window to get fresh air,’ Mr Langer told the newspaper.
The family were able to wait out the terrorists and were eventually rescued by the IDF, who helped the family and neighbors to a shelter.
Langer said: ‘Baby Kai appears to be okay, but [he is] a bit covered in soot,’ he said. ‘The house is burnt out, as are their cars.’
It comes as a missing Brit and his German girlfriend are believed to be dead by their heartbroken families after they vanished during the Hamas massacre – as friends say they have been told she is dead.
At one point the couple had to hold baby Kai up to the window for air to protect him from the fumes
A distressing image, shared in a pixellated form on the Israeli government’s official Twitter page, showed scores of victims placed in body bags underneath a tent at a festival site in Israel
British photographer Danny Darlington, who lived in Berlin, and Carolin Bohl have not been heard from since hiding out in a bunker in Nir Or, a kibbutz in Southern Israel, according to Ms Bohl’s brother-in law Sam Pasquesi.
Mr Pasquesi said his family learned late on Sunday from a man working at the kibbutz that the bodies of the two had been identified.
Heartbreaking photographs on Instagram show the pair laughing together shortly before they vanished during the deadly attack on Israel.
Several Israeli news outlets, citing rescue service officials, said at least 700 people have now been killed in the country, with attacks continuing into Sunday and Monday.
Ms Bohl’s devastated sister posted on Instagram claiming the family learned the news of the couple’s death from a friend ‘on the ground’ in Israel.
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