The TV reporter who broke the now-viral story about Israeli babies murdered — some purportedly beheaded — at the hands of Hamas terrorists is standing by her coverage and revealing other acts of unimaginable carnage.
Nicole Zedeck, a reporter with i24News who has been on the ground in Israel since the war began last Saturday, told CBN Digital a man responsible for clearing victims’ bodies recounted yet another dreadful story.
“We’re hearing more horror stories,” she said. “He said he found a pregnant woman who was shot in the head, her stomach sliced open, the baby still attached [to] the umbilical cord.”
Zedeck continued, “And the baby was stabbed with a knife.”
This story was shared after the journalist delivered a now-viral report detailing the alleged slaughter of 40 babies and young kids in Kfar Azza, a kibbutz near the Gaza border.
Zedeck said during her initial report soldiers told her some of the babies were decapitated, sending shockwaves through the international community. Despite some doubts over these claims, the reporter is standing by her work and detailing the harrowing situations she’s witnessed over the past week.
“As difficult as it is for [journalists] to see the aftermath of these scenes, there are families, and citizens, and residents, and soldiers that witnessed it firsthand — and witnessed it as it was happening,” she told CBN Digital. “I never thought I would be in this position, where I’m reporting mere feet away from death, but I think it needs to be done and people need to see the images.”
She arrived in Kfar Azza just hours after Hamas’ terror ended, as workers were still clearing bodies and assessing all that unfolded.
'About 40 babies were taken out on gurneys… Cribs overturned, strollers left behind, doors left wide open'— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) October 10, 2023
Our correspondent @Nicole_Zedek continues to survey the horror scenes left behind in Kibbutz Kfar Aza where Hamas invaded and murdered dozens of Israelis in their homes pic.twitter.com/ZZCwDGkV8z
“As you’re walking through these communities, you see destruction everywhere,” Zedeck said. “[I] saw a stroller that was stained with blood, a crib overturned on its side taken outside of the door.”
Considering all Zedeck has seen and what soldiers have conveyed, she expressed alarm people are “doubting” some of these claims. When it comes to the babies who were killed, she noted Israel has released some of the disturbing images to corroborate the broader carnage.
As for questions surrounding the decapitation detail, Zedeck offered a candid and important reminder: the method of death isn’t important; the fact these babies were slaughtered is the true horror.
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“If later it comes out that these soldiers, what they witnessed — [that] they misspoke, and it turns out the baby’s head wasn’t cut off, it was shot off — this is a dismembered child we’re talking about,” she said. “So the life is lost, and that’s what people need to focus on.”
Watch the report about the pregnant woman’s death (caution: graphic images and scenes):
⚠️TRIGER WARNING— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) October 12, 2023
Eye witness recounts horrific details of Hamas cruelty on pregnant women, children and innocent Israeli civilians
'We see a pregnant lady on the floor, and we turn her around…and the stomach is wide open, there's an unborn baby connected to the cord, stabbed… pic.twitter.com/8cSXbGVBe7
As for the Israel Defense Forces soldiers who conveyed the horrific scenes they reportedly encountered, including the decapitations, she said they were “very emotional and in shock” as they conveyed their stories to her.
Zedeck said she’s been stunned by all she’s heard and seen.
“These are never words that I thought would come out of my mouth, they’re never words I thought I would hear,” she said. “Because these are acts I didn’t know were humanly capable — that someone was humanly capable of committing.”
Watch Zedeck share her experience.
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