In a heart-wrenching account of sheer terror and resilience, Millet Ben Haim, a survivor of the brutal attack at the Tribe of Nova Trance music festival in southern Israel, recounted the horrifying moments when Hamas terrorists launched a surprise attack that left over 260 people dead.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Ben Haim described the festival atmosphere, where thousands were dancing and enjoying themselves until chaos abruptly took hold. As the clock struck 6:30 a.m., the music ceased, and sirens blared overhead, signaling the beginning of a nightmare.
Rockets rained down on the festival grounds, and panic quickly spread among the revelers. Ben Haim recalled the terrifying sounds of bullets whizzing past, rockets exploding, and the collective confusion as festival-goers tried to comprehend the unfolding horror.
“We had to run away. No one really knew what to do,” she recounted, her voice trembling with the memory.
The situation escalated rapidly, and those in attendance faced a grim choice: run or hide. Some fled in sheer panic, while others, like Ben Haim and her friends, made a harrowing dash to their car. Yet, even escape routes were fraught with danger, as they encountered warnings about terrorists along the road.
Their only option was to abandon the car and run for their lives. Amidst the chaos, they heard gunshots and screams, including pleas for help from friends. Trapped in a perilous situation, they eventually found shelter under a tree, where they lay in silence for over six hours.
Ben Haim’s harrowing ordeal came to an end when a stranger, whom she described as an “amazing angel person,” rescued her and others from the festival grounds. However, she emphasized that there were still people in need of rescue in the dangerous area.
The attack on the Tribe of Nova Trance festival stands as one of the deadliest civilian massacres in Israeli history. The celebration of music and joy turned into a scene of unimaginable horror as Hamas militants stormed the festival, opening fire on the unsuspecting crowd.
This tragic event underscores the indiscriminate violence of the attack and the profound trauma experienced by survivors. It serves as a stark reminder of the human toll of conflict in the region, where ordinary moments of celebration can be shattered in an instant by the ravages of war.