Israeli forces say they’ve uncovered evidence of brutal killings: ‘They cut heads of children’

Officials in the Israeli military say they have uncovered evidence of a bloody assault by Hamas fighters on the village of Kfar Aza that included the killings of women and children as young as infants.

“They cut heads of children, cut heads of women,” David Ben Zion, a deputy commander in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), said in an on-camera interview with Israeli television station i24 News.  

IDF officials took a group of reporters to the Kfar Aza village near Gaza, but much of the information on specifically what happened has come from IDF sources.  

Nicole Zedeck, an i24 correspondent, said she had been told by soldiers that 40 babies had been killed in the attack, a figure that has widely been picked up elsewhere.  

“The horrors that I’m hearing from these soldiers that … about 40 babies, at least, were taken out in gurneys,” Zedek said. “Still, right now, they’re going house to house, still evacuating dead bodies.” 

Major Nir Dinar told Insider that forces had found the corpses of decapitated babies at the village, but he said he had not seen the images or videos himself. He also could not confirm the number a soldier had told the reporter from i24.  

“We cannot confirm any numbers. What happened in Kibbutz Kfar Aza is a massacre in which women children, toddlers and elderly were brutally butchered in an ISIS way of action,” he said in a statement to Insider.

President Biden, during remarks from the White House on Tuesday, talked of his horror at “stomach turning reports of babies being killed.”

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN that he heard that a woman who gave him a tour of Kfar Aza sent him a message that her parents had been killed in the village.

Shaar HaNegev Regional Council, where the town is located, has thus far reported 56 deaths, 20 abductions and 36 residents who are unaccounted for, according to Ynet, the online outlet for Yedioth Ahronot, Israel’s largest daily newspaper. Most of these individuals are either from Kfar Aza or neighboring Kibbutz Nahal Oz, the regional council determined.  

Kfar Aza has a special connection to Washington, where national security professionals, members of Congress and their staff have visited the community on organized trips to learn about the security situation and meet residents. Such aid has helped reinforce Israel’s defenses, including the Iron Dome Missile Defense system that has allowed communities in the region to survive rocket fire.  

It also lies just one mile away from the Gaza Strip, and has suffered from mortar attacks, rocket fire and improvised explosives and fire starters that torched surrounding farm fields.  

Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas), had twice traveled to Kfar Aza, in 2018 as a Master Chief in the Navy and in 2022 as a Member of Congress. When asked about his visit, he pointed to statements he posted on X, formerly Twitter, of his reaction Saturday that he was “both enraged and horrified by the brutal attacks being carried out by Hamas against Israel. I fully stand by our close ally as it defends itself against these terrorists.”

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