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Israeli Troops Reveal Devastation and Tragic Casualties after Clearing Militants

by Lucas Garcia
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Israeli-Hamas Conflict

Navigating through a street turned into debris, an Israeli military officer paused before a severely damaged house with its front facade destroyed. He pointed out the impact of the Hamas militants on this once lively community.

“Multiple children were gathered in a single room and were subsequently murdered. They were all placed together and faced a fatal grenade attack, resulting in their tragic deaths,” stated Major Gen. Itai Veruv.

He went on to describe the event as a “massacre” and drew parallels with the heinous attacks experienced by the Jewish population in Eastern Europe during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

On Wednesday, the Israeli defense forces guided a group of reporters, one from Big Big News, through this village located a short distance from the reinforced Israeli-Gaza border. This visit followed an intense battle to reclaim the village from militants. According to Israeli authorities, before they successfully retook the village, over 100 inhabitants had been killed by the assailants.

Be’eri, a community housing just over 1,000 residents, was among more than 20 towns and villages targeted early Saturday in a widespread offensive originating from the troubled Palestinian region.

Prior to this, Be’eri, established by Zionist settlers even before the nation’s inception, was renowned for its productivity, particularly for housing a major facility that produced Israeli driving licenses. It now stands as a distressing emblem of the ongoing conflict with Hamas, which, as per official records, has led to approximately 1,200 fatalities in Israel and around 1,100 in Gaza.

Veruv, who had earlier retired from active military duty but was summoned back last Saturday to spearhead the forces trying to recover the assaulted towns, disclosed that Hamas militants had strategically positioned themselves amidst the ruins. These militants lay in wait and ambushed Israeli troops during their house-to-house searches.

“Each time we believed an area was secure and the surroundings were quiet, we were suddenly confronted by another group of militants,” he elaborated.

In front of a two-story residence, where he claimed militants executed teenagers with a grenade, he revealed that troops had discovered other residents’ bodies bound at the wrists. During this brief tour, journalists observed extensive damage to homes and burned vehicles. Personal items, such as framed family photographs and a child’s backpack, were scattered amongst the destruction.

Evidence of the militants’ detailed planning was evident outside. Items like prayer mats, spare footwear, a toothbrush, medication containers, and ammunition clips were spread around. Two Toyota pickup trucks, with one equipped with a machine gun fixture, were also seen.

By the time the media group arrived shortly before dusk on Wednesday, the majority of the deceased residents had been evacuated. However, the remains of several militants were still present, and the stench of death was pervasive.

Veruv declared with resolve, “We are committed to striking back at Gaza, targeting Hamas, and ensuring their destruction.”


This report includes contributions from Big Big News journalist, Adam Geller, based in New York.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Israeli-Hamas Conflict

What village did the Israeli troops guide journalists through following a battle with militants?

The Israeli defense forces guided journalists through a village named Be’eri, located a short distance from the reinforced Israeli-Gaza border, following an intense battle to reclaim it from militants.

Who commented on the tragic event of children being killed in a room?

Major Gen. Itai Veruv commented on the tragic event where multiple children were gathered in a single room and were subsequently murdered due to a grenade attack.

How did Major Gen. Itai Veruv describe the event in relation to historical attacks?

He described the event as a “massacre” and drew parallels with the heinous attacks experienced by the Jewish population in Eastern Europe during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Before the recent attacks, what was Be’eri known for?

Before the attacks, Be’eri, established by Zionist settlers even before the nation’s inception, was renowned for its productivity. It was particularly known for housing a major facility that produced Israeli driving licenses.

How did the Hamas militants strategically confront the Israeli troops?

Hamas militants had strategically positioned themselves amidst the ruins. These militants lay in wait, hiding in small groups, and ambushed Israeli troops during their house-to-house searches.

Which journalist from Big Big News contributed to the original story?

Adam Geller, based in New York, contributed to the original story from Big Big News.

More about Israeli-Hamas Conflict

  • History of the Israeli-Gaza Conflict
  • Major Gen. Itai Veruv’s Military Profile
  • The Zionist Settlement in Be’eri
  • Hamas: An Overview
  • Recent Attacks in the Middle East
  • Eastern Europe’s Jewish Pogroms in the 19th Century

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7 comments

Sarah Nguyen October 12, 2023 - 5:39 am

why are children always in the crossfire? This needs to stop. World leaders needs to step up.

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Oscar Lee October 12, 2023 - 6:28 am

Reading things like this makes me appreciate the peace we have in our country. praying for everyone affected.

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Liam Turner October 12, 2023 - 7:19 am

i’ve read about the history of this area but reading current news like this hits different. So many lives lost…

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Maria Sanchez October 12, 2023 - 12:03 pm

is it just me or do these conflicts never seem to end? it’s always the innocent that suffer the most 🙁

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Jake Patterson October 12, 2023 - 12:57 pm

This is really heartbreaking… I can’t believe what’s happening over there in Be’eri. Why can’t there be peace already?

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Benjamin Clark October 12, 2023 - 2:44 pm

Can’t imagine the pain of those families who lost their loved ones… Its always the common people who bear the brunt of politics.

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Anita Roy October 12, 2023 - 11:36 pm

Major Gen. Itai Veruv’s comparison with the historical attacks is so haunting. history keeps repeating it seems.

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