Residents near Gaza Strip beg for IDF help as they fight off terrorists

Six hours into the mass infiltration of at least dozens of terrorists from Gaza, Israeli civilians living near the Gaza Strip continued to plead for help and report on shooting by terrorists inside kibbutzim and other residential areas, while often saying there was little or no IDF presence on the streets.

A resident of Kibbutz Be’eri told Channel 12 news that her father was kidnapped from a southern border community by Hamas terrorists and taken to the Gaza Strip.

“He messaged me that they were in the house,” she said, through tears. “He told me they were taking him,” she said adding that she saw pictures of him in Gaza.

The Israeli military reported it was fighting Hamas terrorists in a number of locations in southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip. The gun battles were taking place in and around the towns and kibbutzim of Kfar Aza, Sderot, Sufa, Nahal Oz, Nirim, Magen, Be’eri and the Re’im military base.

Speaking with Channel 12 from the entrance to his mother’s home near the Gaza Strip, another resident said kibbutzim and moshavim in the area were being infiltrated “one by one” and homes burned to the ground. He said the skies above the Gaza Strip were quiet: “We look on the horizon at Gaza and it is not burning, and that is terrible,” he said, apparently referring to a lack of prompt Israeli military response in the Hamas-run Strip.