A young Israeli couple who were murdered by Hamas terrorists in their home in Israel managed to save their 10-month-old twin babies from the same tragic fate by hiding them in a hidden shelter, it has been revealed.
Itay and Hadar Berdichevsky, both 30, only had mere seconds to react when they heard the gunmen trying to smash down their front door, knowing that if they didn’t, their children would never have a future.
The terrified parents frantically bundled their two babies into a hidden shelter moments before the Hamas terrorists stormed into their home, the Israeli ambassador to Colombia Gali Dagan revealed.
Itay and Hadar ‘bravely fought’ the gunmen before they were shot and killed during their assault on Israel, which has left more than 700 Israelis dead.
Astonishingly, their two babies were found and rescued by Israeli soldiers after being left alone for more than 12 hours, Dagan said, hailing the couple as ‘heroes’ who did ‘everything they could to save their children’.
Itay and Hadar Berdichevsky (pictured with babies), both 30, only had mere seconds to react when they heard the gunmen trying to smash down their front door, knowing that if they didn’t, their children would never have a future
The terrified parents had frantically bundled their two babies into a hidden shelter moments before the Hamas terrorists stormed into their home, the Israeli ambassador to Colombia Gali Dagan revealed
Astonishingly, their two babies were found and rescued by Israeli soldiers after being left alone for more than 12 hours
‘They hid their 10-month-old twin children in the shelter while terrorists infiltrated their home,’ Dagan wrote on Twitter. ‘Itay and Hadar were brutally murdered after bravely fighting the terrorists.
‘The babies were left alone for more than 12 hours until they were rescued. Imagine the horror. Two terrified parents doing everything they can to save their children, who are now orphaned. Blessed be the memory of these heroes.’
Itay and Hadar are now among the more than 700 Israelis who have been killed by Hamas terrorists, after the gunmen launched a surprise assault on Israel at the weekend.
The attacks came by land and air with Hamas gunmen flying into Israel using paragliders while other units cut wires in border fences and bulldozed walls to enter the country.
Harrowing videos captured by Hamas insurgents using helmet-mounted GoPro cameras and smartphones showed how unsuspecting Israeli soldiers were gunned down in their barracks while others were beaten, tied up and frogmarched away or bundled into cars and pickup trucks.
Israeli civilians, including women, were also seen tied up and thrown into the back of trips in front of jeering terrorists.
In response, Israel’s forces have retaliated with ferocity, pounding the Gaza strips with air strikes that have so far destroyed 1,000 Hamas targets and killed 560 Palestinians.
Israel’s 173,000 soldiers, including 8,000 of its fearsome elite commandos, are now preparing to launch a massive co-ordinated ground assault within the ‘next 48 hours’ to destroy Hamas fighters in Gaza that will see fierce fighting erupt in the streets.
Israel’s Defence Forces have said they want to completely strip Hamas of its power to govern in Palestine after what has been described as the country’s ‘worst day in history’ with the number of Israelis killed in the conflict set to rise further.
Hundreds of Palestinians, including children, have also been killed and buildings reduced to rubble after Israel began its deadly revenge attack.
The Israeli airstrikes have so far killed 500 people and flattened much of the town of Beit Hanoun in the Palestinian enclave’s north-east corner, which Hamas terrorists had been using as a staging ground for their attacks.
In a statement, the Israeli Air Force said it dropped some 2,000 munitions and more than 1,000 ton bombs on Gaza aimed at over 10,000 targets in Gaza in the last 20 hours.
Among the targets were three rocket launchers directed at Israel, a mosque where militants were operating and 21 high-rise buildings that served militant activity.
But Palestinians are preparing for an offensive of unprecedented scale on the tiny, crowded enclave, exceeding previous bouts of destructive warfare that they fear will leave survivors destitute, without homes, water, electricity, hospitals or food.
‘It doesn’t need much thinking about. Israel suffered the biggest loss in its history so you can imagine what it is going to do,’ said a resident of Beit Hanoun on Gaza’s northeastern border with Israel.
‘I took my family out at sunrise and dozens of other families did the same. Many of us got phone calls, audio messages from Israeli security officers telling us to leave because they will operate there,’ he said.
Palestinians search for survivors after an Israeli airstrike on buildings in the refugee camp of Jabalia in the Gaza Strip on Monday
A fireball erupts during Israeli bombardment of Gaza City on Friday
Israeli airstrikes destroyed buildings and cars at the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza Strip on Monday
Families began stockpiling food as soon as Saturday’s attack began but fear that despite Hamas assurances supplies will run low.
And now, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant has warned that the price Gaza would pay ‘will change reality for generations’ and Israel was imposing a total blockade with a ban on food and fuel imports as part of a battle against ‘animals’.
The measures will essentially enact siege-like conditions that will see the millions of Palestinians living in the tiny, fenced-in region begin to starve as they are attacked from the skies.
It comes as Israeli soldiers backed by helicopters killed at least two gunmen who crossed the northern border from Lebanon today, in a sign of a possible new front opening as Israel’s forces continued to battle Hamas terrorists to the south.
Artillery shelling and gunfire were heard at Lebanon’s southern border with Israel, a local journalist said.
Earlier, Israel’s army said its forces were in ‘full control of communities’ in its southern territory near Gaza – hours after it said it was fighting Hamas terrorists in ‘seven to eight’ locations in the south.
‘We are in full control of the communities,’ military spokesman Daniel Hagari told journalists.
But he said that fighting still raged in locations inside Israel where the fighters were still holed up after killing 700 Israelis and seizing dozens of hostages in a raid that shattered Israel’s reputation of invincibility.
‘We are now carrying out searches in all of the communities and clearing the area,’ he said in a televised briefing.
Military officials had previously said that their focus was on securing Israel’s side of the border before carrying out any major escalation of the counter-offensive in Gaza.
But Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally declared war on Sunday and has vowed to completely destroy ‘the military and governing capabilities’ of Hamas, which is deeply rooted in Gaza and has ruled unchallenged since 2007.
Hagari said 300,000 reservists have been called up by the military since Saturday, suggesting greater fighting lies ahead with a possible ground assault into Gaza.
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