Sunday, June 23

‘Everyone Died’: How Gunmen Killed Dozens In Sderot

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‘Everyone Died’: How Gunmen Killed Dozens In Sderot

Videos filmed by residents in Sderot captured a grisly and indiscriminate shooting rampage by Palestinian gunmen in the town on Saturday.

The city of Sderot, a mile from Gaza, was hit on Saturday by a brutal terrorist attack by Palestinian gunmen. An analysis of available footage shows an estimated 20 civilians were killed across multiple locations, though the toll could climb. Officials said that about a dozen soldiers, firefighters and police had also been killed. Videos filmed by witnesses and assembled together by The Times revealed details about how the massacre unfolded. The footage shows the indiscriminate ways gunmen killed civilians and how Israeli police and military responded. The attack on Sderot began early Saturday morning. Motorists were killed on the outskirts. And at a grisly scene by an entrance to the city, there is another group of slain civilians. At least two white trucks – one equipped with a rear mounted machine gun – Entered and drove along Menachem Begin road, a main thoroughfare through the city. Seven people waiting at a bus stop on the road were gunned down. Two more were killed in a van and a car around the corner and 100 yards from there. A motorist and a motorcyclist were found dead. One resident captured the terrorists approaching the police station. The gunmen opened fire on a passing police car. Others are filmed moving along a residential street, kicking doors and shooting at a passing car. At least nine assailants on foot approached the police station and exchanged gunfire with officers. From the opposite direction another group of attackers charges towards the fray, flanking the police station. One resident filmed police defending the station entrance. One officer is shot and dragged away. As officers move forward to engage the attackers. Another rescues two children from a car. Assailants seized the station and a standoff with security forces would last through the night. Workers later demolished the police station in case terrorists were still barricading inside. The day after the attack, Israeli soldiers patrolled the streets and the city was all but shut down.

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