Title: 80-Year-Old Israeli-American Woman and Granddaughter Kidnapped and Killed by Hamas Militants: CNN Visits Burnt Remains of their Home
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Location: Nir Oz, near the Gaza Strip
On a recent visit to the small settlement of Nir Oz, a CNN team was able to witness the devastating aftermath of a tragic incident involving 80-year-old Israeli-American woman, Carmela Dan, and her 13-year-old granddaughter.
The burnt remains of their home served as a grim reminder of the horrors they endured at the hands of Hamas militants. The kitchen was left charred, with debris, shattered glass, and ashes strewn across the floor. The once-beautiful garden was torched, and statues and ornaments lay broken and burnt.
Ron Bahat, Carmela Dan’s neighbor, was one of the first to visit the destroyed home after the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) took control of the kibbutz. Bahat was shocked to discover vast amounts of blood in the shelter room, suggesting that the terrorists had managed to open it.
Bahat and his family survived the harrowing ordeal by holding the door to their safe room for over eight hours. Their bravery saved their lives, but it was not enough to protect their beloved neighbor and her granddaughter.
The tragic incident occurred when Carmela Dan, along with Erez Kalderon, his wife Sahar Kalderon, and their son Ofer Kalderon, went missing after Hamas militants overran the kibbutz on October 7. The bodies of Carmela and her granddaughter Noya were later discovered near the Gaza border, but Erez, Sahar, and Ofer’s whereabouts remain unknown.
Speaking about Carmela Dan, Bahat described her as a lovely person who was actively involved in numerous community projects. Her loss has left a void in the tight-knit community of Nir Oz, where she was greatly respected and loved.
Bahat and many others in the community are calling for justice and the capture of those responsible for the brutal murder of Carmela and her granddaughter. Bahat even drew a chilling comparison, likening Hamas to the notorious terrorist organization ISIS.
The pain and grief experienced by Nir Oz residents are a stark reminder of the ongoing conflict in the region and the devastating impact it has on innocent lives. The international community is urged to take notice and support efforts aimed at bringing peace and justice to this troubled area.
As the investigation into this horrific crime continues, the people of Nir Oz will mourn the loss of Carmela and Noya while clinging to hope that Erez, Sahar, and Ofer will be found safe and unharmed.
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