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Seven days that shook the world: how the horror of Hamas – and Israel’s revenge – unfolded

First there were the rockets. Then gunshots – and next the gunmen came, by quad bike, lorry and paraglider, shooting, killing and kidnapping innocent civilians at a music festival, kibbutz and border villages. Based on eye-witness accounts and verified video footage, Guy Walters tells the horrific story of Hamas’s bloody raid on Israel – and the devastating response that rained down on the people of Gaza

Saturday 14 October 2023 14:28 BST
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<p>An Israeli soldier walks past a house destroyed by Hamas militants in Kibbutz Be'eri </p>

An Israeli soldier walks past a house destroyed by Hamas militants in Kibbutz Be'eri

As dawn came up last Saturday, Shani Louk and her friends were still dancing.

The music playing in one of the festival’s tents, with its psychedelic canopy, was “Cupid’s Chokehold” by Gym Class Heroes, a New York rap rock band.

At the age of 30, Shani may be too young to have known that the track is essentially a cover of Supertramp’s “Breakfast in America”, the classic pop song from 1979 about a young man seeking freedom on the other side of the Atlantic.

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