KIBBUTZ URIM, ISRAEL – A young woman, identified as a tattoo artist, was among the victims of a brutal attack by Hamas militants on an outdoor music event in Israel. The woman, Shani Louk, was recognized by her family in disturbing footage that circulated online, showing her lifeless body being paraded through the streets in the back of a pickup truck.
The attack, which occurred on Saturday morning, targeted a dance party near Kibbutz Urim and other Israeli communities. The assault resulted in the death of over 600 Israelis, with more than 1,500 injured and dozens kidnapped. The militants, chanting “Allahu Akbar,” were seen in the video displaying Louk’s body.
Louk’s family had tried to reach her after learning that Hamas had infiltrated from the Gaza Strip. They were unaware of her fate until they saw the video. Another cousin spotted the footage online, showing Louk surrounded by armed militants in the back of the truck. Her parents confirmed her identity by her tattoos and long dreadlocks.
The current status of Louk, who is in her early 20s, remains unknown. Despite the grim circumstances, her family has not lost hope. Louk, a German-Israeli dual national, was reportedly among a group of tourists kidnapped in southern Israel.
Louk’s mother, Ricarda, made a plea for help in a video obtained by a German news outlet. She described seeing her unconscious daughter in a car with the Palestinians, driving around the Gaza Strip. Louk, according to social media accounts, is a tattoo artist and hairstylist.
The attack on the desert rave caused panic among thousands of partygoers. In response to the horrific event, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised a strong retaliation. Israel has already launched retaliatory strikes, resulting in over 230 deaths in the Gaza Strip.