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"Save yourself": the last conversation of Ofir Sarfati and his mother, before he was murdered at the nature party - voila! news

2023-11-30T17:07:49.766Z

Highlights: "I don't know how we would have survived without him," says one of the victims. Ofir's mother: "I didn't know this would be the last time I saw him" Ofir was killed in a car crash on the way to a birthday party for a friend. He was one of four people killed in the car crash, including two police officers. The driver of the car that crashed into the car was also killed. The other two victims were injured in the crash.


Ofir and his friends tried to escape the inferno at the nature party, while his mother Richel heard the sounds of horror over the phone. "I was saved thanks to Ophir," says one of the participants who managed to escape the massacre, "without him, I don't know how we would have survived this."


Pochiveli event for a French operative kidnapped to Gaza/Walla!

The bitter announcement that their son Ofir Sarfati had been identified among the murdered was received by his parents, Richel and Hanan, while they were in Budapest with the Maccabi Haifa soccer team, as a gesture of the club he admired. Yesterday, the representative of the Israeli Embassy in Hungary, Consul Shmuel Eitan, arrived at the hotel to tell the parents the bitter news of his death.

"During these difficult hours, the club enveloped the family, embraced and tried to strengthen," the club said in a statement, "The Maccabi Haifa family shares in the sorrow of the Sarfati family and wishes they know no more sorrow. Ofir will remain in our hearts forever," the club said in a statement. "After 54 days, the bitter news arrives and the heart refuses to believe," said the Kiryat Ata municipality, which sent condolences to the family.

Ofir Sarfati/Courtesy of the family

Electrical engineer Ofir Nachshon Sarfati and his girlfriend Shani celebrated his 27th birthday at the Nova Festival with their friends. In the videos from there, he looks festive and smiling, presents a birthday chocolate cake and at dawn, in white clothes, he and his partner Shoval Gal, dance with considerable happiness. Soon after, the party turned into a massacre.

When the barrage of rockets began, when everyone began to flee, they found a large, low, wide tree, thinking they could stay there until the situation calmed down and the barrage ended. In a conversation from there with his mother, she instructed him, "You are on your life's mission, you have to save yourself," mother Richelle told him. But yesterday, when it became known that his body had been identified, it emerged that he cared more about those around him than about this personal mission. "Neither he nor we imagined that this was just the beginning of one big inferno, of massacre, slaughter, murder, killing and everything in between," his mother said in remarks last week at Rambam Hospital, which has joined the campaign to bring the hostages home.

Richelle described how her son, Shani and friends continued their attempt to escape the inferno, running several kilometers. According to testimonies, Ofir is the one who navigated, until they reached the road where cars stopped by the frightened revellers. "I didn't know this would be my last conversation with him," the mother shared.

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"I was saved from the massacre party thanks to Ofir. Without Ofir, I don't know how we would have survived this," she told Walla! Shai, one of the participants in the nature party that turned into a murderous massacre, "We ran with him for about twenty minutes to some wadi, a policeman got out of one of the passing vehicles and called us, I sat forward and trailed behind. Ofir took care of the girls.

"He was going to get into the trunk but he was loaded with equipment. He got into another vehicle and as we drove we realized that this vehicle was making a turn. Shoval immediately called him and he reassured her not to worry and that everything was fine and that we would already meet," Shai said.

However, the girls arrived at the village of Maimun, and Ofir has not been seen since. "This is the last contact we had with him," she added, "the vehicle in which he would have encountered a terrorist squad. We all came back from Ofir's birthday party, except for him." After almost two months of hope that he was among the abductees, today it turned out that he was murdered.

Personal equipment next to cars abandoned without the party at Kibbutz Reim, Gaza border, October 10, 2023/Flash 90, Haim Goldberg

Romi Gonen, who was sitting next to him in the back seat, managed to call her mother and report the mishaps. The driver and the woman sitting next to him were killed instantly, Ofir and Romi were injured and kidnapped. During Romi's conversation with her mother, Ofir managed to pass on his mother's number to her mother, who informed Ofir's mother Richelle about what had happened. The phone remained on, the call was not disconnected for fifty minutes, and thus the horrific sounds were recorded. "Unfortunately, in this conversation you hear Ofir groaning and groaning in pain. He breathes heavily, and in the background you hear gunshots, shouts and an entire inferno of a very difficult and tough arena. After the Shin Bet transcript, we understood that they had transferred Romi and Ofir to their car." They were kidnapped to Gaza.

"From this point in time, we have no information about Ophir," the mother added, admitting that as the days passed, her concern for her son's well-being increased. "Since October 7, our lives have not been lived. Our nights are not nights and we are broken to pieces 24 hours a day. Our lives stopped him that day."

The family set up a war room with friends while waiting for Ofir. "She is the one who strengthens me," said Shoval, Ofir's partner. Yesterday, with the announcement that he had been identified among the victims, hopes were dashed. The date of the funeral has not yet been determined.

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Source: walla

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