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7.10.23, 4:00

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פורסם על ידי Motty Stewie בתאריך 22/10/23 ב"פייסבוק"

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War Story

Photos by אביב אברג'ל

This photo was taken in the parking lot of the Nova festival, between the launches and the interceptions, and even before we knew there was an infiltration by terrorists.
And I've been feeling for some time the need to share, to tell what really happened there. What happened to me there, how decisions of a moment become facts. How did I survive and how much I pray for the safety of all those who did not make it home and still don't know what happened to them
At the Nova party, I asked everyone to wait and not enter the shuttle while all the revelers were trying to escape the missiles at once.
In retrospect, I think this was the decision that saved our lives the first time. Many of the people who managed to run forward at the beginning of the event were slaughtered by terrorists who ambushed all the exits and just waited for us there with guns, grenades and even RPGs.
Later (the video) we entered the shuttle, drove maybe 10 meters and simply stopped because of the traffic jam and the screaming.
We got out of the car and approached the exit road, maybe 4 cars in front of us we saw a girl screaming on the floor surrounded by people trying to help her.
I arrive and ask the guy taking care of her "What happened?" He screams at me "Run away!!"
I told him, "I'm not going anywhere! what happened??" He looks at me with shocked eyes and says "There are terrorists here, they shot her, run away!!!".
Then the reality changed, until that point, none of us really understood what we were facing. I saw vehicles with bullet holes, vehicles smashed on the sides, horror and horrifying silence except for the girl's screams.
We are in the bushes 7 meters away from her and the medic (who was spending time at the party like us) the angel who tried to do everything he could for her.
At this point, I took a deep breath and just went into "automatic mode". I realized that only composure and focus will save us.
Asking the friends to put down their phones and that this is not the time to inform parents/friends of anything and certainly not the time to catch up on the news because we need to be present, alert and focused at the moment. I asked everyone to scan a different direction while I tried to figure out where the danger was coming from. Everyone around is hiding.
And after a few minutes, we decided to run into the fields. Not before Elad, the hero helped a couple of friends with leg disabilities to turn to an emergency vehicle.
Sweet Elad, Me, Mor and Tal, the heroines, start running along with dozens and later hundreds of people trying to escape to the endless fields while we hear missiles whistling in our ears.
"We will get out of this, what heroines you will be, breathe with me, we must breathe regularly and not get stressed" I repeat and say to them as a mantra.
For 3 hours we ran with hundreds of people, for 3 hours the gunshots came closer and closer to us, for 3 hours we heard screams and panic.
While receiving calls from worried friends and family, not answering anyone. we needed to save battery. Suddenly my mother called, I answered her and reassured her of course that everything was fine and that we were protected and safe because there was no reason to put her under unnecessary stress.
And after all the hours of running and hiding, I recognize in the distance a tent with vehicles..
I told my friends that we had to go there and that they would rescue us, because until the next settlement there is another 15 km of running/walking and we are without water, burnt by the sun, after hours we run away and we don't really know what will meet us on the way.
I remember quite insisting on going to the remote camp. And I managed to convince my friends and a few other people..
While walking and running towards them, I noticed that they were starting to get into cars and drive away. Out of this whole day, this was the only moment I started to get a little scared and feel despair, I thought I led our friends to a dead end. But I shook off those thoughts and didn't give up! I ran and started jumping and waving my arms. By great luck, one of the vehicles caught me and stopped and waved me back. He also stopped his friends and started coming in our direction.
We scream at them "Terrorists are after us, get us out of here".
They brought us water, calmed us down, let us get in the vehicles and took us away. The members are the organizers of the desert. Angels who took care of us and risked instead of running away.
They took us to some farm nearby, where we did shifts and guarded the open area to see that we wouldn't be surprised.
During this time, they prepared food for us and did not stop hugging and loving us.
The owner of the farm, a real prince, opened his house to us completely and gave us free access to whatever was needed.
In the meantime, they took a van with a water tracker and went to help the other people who were trying to escape.
After hours at the farm, we decided that we would not stay there because staying there in the dark is more dangerous. And we just drove home and luckily we were safe.
I got home in the evening and just crashed until the next day.
It was only the next day through the news and the videos that I unfortunately realized the magnitude of the disaster that happened there, and I realized how lucky we are and that what happened to us there is no less than a miracle.
My heart goes out to all the partygoers and the people who didn't come home, including our friend Sharona Schmonis Harel who is still missing.
Praying and hoping they return home safely.

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