A young Israeli couple was murdered by Hamas terrorists who broke into their home, but not before they could hide their 10-month-old twins in a bomb shelter, leaving them safe and unharmed. In compliance with Israeli law, the couple has a reinforced security room, known as a "mammad," in their home. According to reports, about 14 hours after the couple was murdered, their twins were discovered unharmed in the shelter.
Itai and Hadar Berdichevsky, both 30, were in their home in Kfar Gaza, a kibbutz in southern Israel located about three miles east of Gaza, when they were attacked. Both Itai and Hadar were former officers in the Israeli army and had weapons in their home. According to an Israeli news outlet, Walla, the babies were hidden in a bomb shelter while the parents tried to fight off the attackers with what they had. Fourteen hours later, the babies were rescued by their uncle and grandfather and were given to their grandmother. They expressed their relief that the babies were found safe by saying, "They're safe now, they're surrounded by love and care. Itai Hadar's father, who fought the militants for hours and saved dozens of people - though couldn't reach their own relatives in time, found them."
Segev, Israel's ambassador to Cyprus, wrote about the Berdichevsky's on social media saying, "They were brutally murdered after fighting fiercely with the terrorists." The Israeli Embassy in France reported on the young couple saying they "fought until the last moment."
The attack by Hamas has left thousands dead dead on both sides. At least 800 Israelis have been killed and over 2,000 have been injured. In response to the attacks, Israel has declared war and bombarded the Gaza Strip in the days following the Hamas attack. The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that at least 1,055 Palestinians have been killed.