The bodies of an Israeli man and his 16-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy, victims of the shocking terror attack by Hamas at the Nova Music Festival, were finally found.
Number of deaths and people in hostage
The Nova Festival near Sderot was stormed by gunmen who killed at least 260 people and took 199 people hostage on October 7.
Erick Peretz and daughter Ruth were located Wednesday at the site of the festival near the Re’im Kibbutz after the state of Israel wrote on X that they were ‘brutally murdered by Hamas terrorists.’
Ruth was wheelchair-bound and suffered from cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.
The father and daughter are among at least 260 Israelis who were massacred by Hamas.
A complete shock
Elder daughter Yaarit Peretz, 26, told the Israeli site Ynet Monday before they were found that this was a complete shock after what had been a good trip.
‘[My father] was really happy, and everything was fine,’ she said.
She said Peretz would take Ruth to concerts and other events to cheer her up.
‘For years he goes to these parties and takes Ruth, because it makes her really good and she loves it,’ Yaarit said.
‘There were times when he would take her and she didn’t want to come back.’
Yaarit last spoke to her father the morning of the October 7 attack.
‘He said that they barely had reception, and he didn’t know where to go. He said that almost everyone ran away, and I told him that there were terrorists on the streets.’
She was especially worried about Ruth, who is mostly nonverbal, eats through her stomach and needs additional special care.