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A Colombian caught in the conflict between Israel and Hamas

The last trace the couple found was a call the young woman made to her father to tell him what had happened and to find a bunker.

After the conflict between Israel and the Hamas militias – which released a surprise attack on land, sea and air of the terrorist organization during the Jewish Sabbath, on Saturday, October 7 -, the Colombian Foreign Ministry reported that two nationals during The The attacks took place at an electronic music festival near the Gaza border, it was Ivonne Rubio and Antonio Mesías Motano.

The Colombian couple was participating in an electronic music festival, located near Kibbutz Reim, in the south of Israel and near Gaza, where 260 lifeless bodies were found. The Nova Festival was interrupted by a siren warning of a missile attack and immediately groups of armed militiamen on trucks opened fire in all directions.

This Wednesday, October 11, in the dialogue of 6AM Hoy por Hoy, María Elena Aristizábal, a Colombian who lives in Tel Aviv and a close friend of the family of Ivonne Rubio, confirmed his death and pointed out that there is no information about Antonio Mesías. .

The last trace we have of the couple is the call last Saturday from the young woman to her father, Julio Rubio, to alert him to what happened:

“On Saturday at four past seven in the morning my daughter called me. I answered. He told me: ‘Dad, we are at war.’ I don’t understand. He told me: ‘I’m going to find a bunker.’ And the whole conversation ends,” he clarified on Caracol Radio.

According to the statements of Aristizábal, all the details of his death are still unclear, but apparently it was a bunker where the couple hid after the brutal persecution of Hamas groups: “It’s very sad, I know them well. they were informed that the girl was dead. “They put up a statement and informed us.”

Statement from the Chancellery

Ambassador Margarita Manjarrez, in direct communication with the father, confirmed what the local authorities had already informed him, about the results of the DNA tests that confirmed that Ivonne was one of the dead.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its deepest condolences for the death of the compatriot and extended it to his family and friends.

The Embassy and its consular section in Tel Aviv will continue to have permanent contact with the family, where they will coordinate the measures to be followed amid the tragic circumstances.

Hamas tried to enter the land of Israel

Aristizábal has lived in Tel Aviv for 26 years. Currently, he is in the city of the Israeli Central District, Petah Tikva, and according to him, although the explosions are heard, the alarms do not sound as much as in the border area.

In addition, he indicated that the attempt of Hamas to enter the land of Israel continues: “Today a member of them tried to enter by air in a paraglider and crashed into a light cable that electrocuted him.”

This Colombian has become a bridge for many of his countrymen in the Middle East country. Through a Facebook group called the Association of Colombians in Israel, it informs and interprets statements about what is happening in the region.

In his story, he made sure that there is no water in the area that can take them to the bunker where they have to stay for 72 hours if there is a new attack and food is very expensive: “Everyone buys out of desperation, where I live I have nothing bunker in the building, or nearby. “I have to go to my daughter who lives about 15 blocks away.”

Finally, he stated that the panorama that exists is one of sadness in front of the Israeli bombings in the Lebanese territory in response to the anti-tank missiles that caused the death of three fighters in the Lebanese border village of Dhira .

Hazbollah warned that there will be a “decisive” response to Israeli attacks aimed against the country and the security of its people, especially if these bombings cause “the death of martyrs.”

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