What was supposed to be a memorable time at the Tribe of Nova trance music festival in Israel turned into a nightmare. The rave, marketed as an event that celebrates "friends, love, and infinite freedom," was abruptly interrupted when the Hamas terrorists launched an attack in the early hours of October 7, 2023.
At first, the festivalgoers didn't notice the sound of explosions amid the loud music, but they were soon warned of a "red alert" over the loudspeakers. “Guys, we have red alert,” the voice cautioned. “Red alert.”
As people began to leave, they were met with gunfire. The militants overran the festival, shot into the crowd, and took numerous hostages. One of the victims appears to be an Israeli student named Noa Argamani. In a distressing video spreading on social media, the young woman yells, “Don’t kill me! No, no, no,” at her boyfriend, Avi Nathan. She is seen getting abducted by men on a motorcycle as Nathan is taken elsewhere.
Moshe Or, the brother of Nathan, reported that the couple was missing to officials and found the shocking video on Telegram. "We were worried and tried to call. His phone was unavailable, and so was hers," Or tells Channel 12 News, "After a few hours, emergency teams contacted us and told us that they saw a video of my brother and his girlfriend Noa as they were kidnapped and taken towards the Gaza Strip."
Or, who allowed the video's publication, says he couldn't believe they were taken away until he saw the proof for himself. "I started looking for it in the various Telegram groups. It didn't take me long to find it. I saw Noa looking scared and frightened in the video. I can't imagine what's going through her mind – screaming in panic, when some scumbags are holding her and not letting her go."
"My brother, who is a big guy, two meters, trains four times a week, a really strong guy," Or explains. "They held him maybe four or five of them, and just led them towards the Strip I guess."
"This is a shocking video," he said. "I looked for him because I really wanted to make sure it was true and to clarify things a bit."
"There are dozens more missing, and at the moment, there is no government agency in the country, anyone official who is coordinating this, other than the 100 emergency number, who is doing anything. People are getting together in groups on Instagram and Telegram to share names, and you see very long lists. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of people who are missing."
Argamani is seen in another video in a living room where she is purportedly being held captive by the militants.
So far, the young woman's current condition remains unknown. Amiar Moadi, her college roommate, revealed she is an only child. CNN's Anderson Cooper recently spoke to the family of Argamani. Her dad says that his "hopes were shattered" after witnessing his own daughter getting kidnapped. "We're waiting for her at home," her mom adds.
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