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A Canadian died in the Hamas attack on the Supernova Festival in Israel

The Re’im kibbutz is about six km south of the Gaza strip. It was also the site of the Supernova Festival, a rave-y electronic music event that began last Friday. But shortly after the sun came up on Saturday morning, the 4,000 or so people in attendance were attacked by Hamas militants as part of a full-scale raid on Israel.

At first, few noticed the trails of smoke overhead from missiles fired from Gaza and Israeli countermeasures. Meanwhile, Gaza barrier was being breached and militants were flowing toward the festival site. Once they reached the dancers, panic set. As people tried to escape, they found the road to the festival site blocked.

That’s when the massacre started.

Many were kidnapped, shoved and dragged into vehicles, often after being beaten. Meanwhile, machine gun fire cut down many. So far, 260 bodies have been recovered.

Among the dead is a Canadian from Montreal named Alexandre Look. According to a post by his Westmount Chabad congregation, “Our dear and treasured friends, and members of our community, Alain and Raquel Look, lost their son, Alex. Alex was visiting Israel, and died in one of the terrorists attacks, as he heroically and selflessly saved others while fending off the attackers.”

At least two Canadians seemed to have been taken hostage.

(Via the BBC and The Province)

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