Using techniques they use when excavating burned and destroyed ancient sites, archaeologists are now sifting through ashes from burned houses in devastated kibbutzim, according to The Times of Israel. They also examined the contents of the cars from the music festival that the radicals attacked.
Several thousand gunmen invaded southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7 and killed more than 1,400 people, some in excruciating ways, according to Israeli authorities. Another approximately 240 people were abducted to the Palestinian enclave, according to authorities.
In response to the attack, Israel launched a military operation in the Gaza Strip, and according to local authorities, the Israeli bombardment claimed more than 10,000 lives. The numbers cannot be independently verified.
The overwhelming majority of those killed in Israel were civilians – including children and the elderly, writes The Times of Israel. He said the attackers brutally killed the victims, tortured them and set fire to the houses where the families were hiding in secure rooms, burning them alive.
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Identifying the remains is difficult because bodies have been mutilated and houses burned to the ground, The Times of Israel reports, noting that uncertainty about the number of people abducted adds to the uncertainty. At the same time, many people are waiting for news about the fate of their loved ones.
“It is one thing to uncover the 2,000-year-old remains of destruction, and quite another – heartbreaking and incomprehensible – to be the current task of searching for evidence of our sisters and brothers,” the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement.
Israel’s National Center for Forensic Medicine in Jaffa was unable to handle the massive amount of remains from the attack, according to The Times of Israel, so the military provided assistance. At the same time, the authorities have not yet identified many of the remains, the police assume that some of them belong to the attackers.
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