‘Smell of death is everywhere’: Inside Israeli kibbutz attacked by Hamas

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The devastation stands as a testament to the intense conflict that unfolded between Palestinian fighters and the Israeli military.

In Kfar Aza, Israel, a haunting atmosphere of death pervades, with the remains of Israeli civilians, soldiers, foreign workers, and Palestinian combatants scattered across the grounds. This kibbutz in Israel fell victim to a harrowing attack by Hamas fighters last Saturday.

The Israeli military, proceeding with caution, entered the kibbutz near the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after a three-day encirclement. Their apprehension stemmed from concerns about potential remaining fighters inside or the possibility of another incursion from besieged Gaza.

Parachute remnants dangled from trees and rooftops, remnants of the Palestinian fighters who had landed in the kibbutz.

Soldiers began the grim task of tallying the Israeli casualties, placing them into body bags for removal from the kibbutz. The final count of the deceased and missing has not yet been made public.

The bodies of Palestinian combatants lay on the ground, slowly deteriorating.

The extensive devastation surrounding the area bears witness to the sheer intensity of the confrontation between Palestinian fighters and the Israeli military.

It seemed as though there had been an eruption of chaos and confrontation at every turn. The ground was littered with weapons and spent bullet casings, while charred remnants of cars were scattered throughout the streets.

The Israeli military commenced controlled detonations of certain items and began collecting other weapons.

An Israeli soldier involved in the recovery efforts noted that Saturday’s operation marked the most extensive in the annals of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

As journalists were escorted away, a wave of alarm coursed through the Israeli soldiers, and reports surfaced of the return of Palestinian fighters to the area.

Kfar Aza, surrounded by farms and just a few minutes down a country road from the heavily fortified fence Israel erected around Gaza, is one of more than 20 towns and villages attacked by Palestinian fighters early on Saturday. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Al Jazeera]


A vest belonging to one of the Hamas fighters lying on the ground. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Al Jazeera]
The name of the kibbutz means ‘Gaza village’ in English. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Al Jazeera]
On the town’s perimeter, the gate that once protected residents had been blasted open. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Al Jazeera]
By the time journalists were escorted into the town on Tuesday, rescuers had already removed the bodies of most of the villagers killed in the attack. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Al Jazeera]
Some of the fighters’ bodies could still be seen lying on streets around the kibbutz. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Al Jazeera]


Many weapons lay on the ground. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Al Jazeera]
There was no official death toll from Kfar Aza as of Tuesday evening, with Israeli soldiers still searching homes they suspect may be booby-trapped with explosives. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Al Jazeera]
The military spokesperson at the site said dozens of residents had been killed in the attack. [Faiz Abu

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