Shani Louk had been enjoying the music festival near the Gaza border when chaos erupted due to an attack by Hamas militants. As the situation escalated, an emergency search and rescue team known as Zaka announced the grim discovery of 260 lifeless bodies at the Supernova electronic music festival. Among the missing individuals was Shani Louk, and her mother, Ricarda, shared a distressing video she had received. In the video, Shani was seen in a state of unconsciousness inside a vehicle, allegedly being driven through the streets of Gaza Strip, accompanied by Palestinian individuals.
In a heartfelt plea on social media, Ricarda displayed a photograph of her daughter, who was in her twenties, and recounted the harrowing details: 'Our daughter has been abducted by Hamas along with a group of tourists in Southern Israel. They sent us a video of our daughter, unconscious, being driven around the Gaza Strip. I kindly request any assistance or information you can provide. Thank you very much.'
The family's anguish intensified when news broke of multiple Israelis, including Shani, being taken captive by Hamas during the unexpected attack. Among those unaccounted for was Jake Marlowe, a British citizen who had also been attending the festival. The Israeli Embassy in the UK confirmed that Marlowe's status remained unknown at the time.
Marlowe, according to his mother, had been working as a security guard at the festival, which was held in Kibbutz Re'im, a community not far from Gaza. The festival's chaos and uncertainty were further highlighted by videos shared on social media, showing the abduction of an Israeli woman named Noa Argamani by two individuals on a motorcycle.
Amidst the chaos, Gili Yoskovich, another festival attendee, recounted her experience of hiding under a tree in a field as armed individuals roamed the area, firing at anyone they encountered. The ongoing clashes between the Israeli military and Hamas's armed wing, the Izzeddin el-Kassam Brigades, continued after the unexpected attack initiated by Hamas on October 7th, known as The Aqsa Storm.