Relatives of a British mother and daughter who were murdered by Hamas have released the harrowing last messages sent by the pair as terrorists rampaged through their Israeli home.
Lianne Shirabi sent a panicked text to her sister-in-law saying she could hear members of the terrorist group ‘shooting and shouting “Die Israel”‘ before begging her to call for help.
It has now been confirmed that Bristol-born Lianne and her youngest daughter Yahel, 13, were horrifically killed during a massacre by Hamas as they attacked Be’eri Kibbutz on October 7.
Yahel’s older sister, Noiya Sharabi, 16, and their Israeli father Eli Sharabi remain missing, while her uncle Yossi, 53, was kidnapped and taken to the Gaza strip.
On Tuesday their heartbroken family shared disturbing footage of their blood-spattered home, with stained possessions seen strewn across the home while Lianne’s blood covers the walls and floors.
It is understood that Lianne had sent panicked text messages to relatives that she had heard gunshots outside the house before the horrific massacre.
Yahel Sharabi, 13, disappeared after the terrorists attacked Be’eri Kibbutz
Yahel’s heartbroken family this afternoon paid tribute to the ‘beautiful’ teenager
The grief-stricken family said in a statement: ‘Beautiful Yahel. A bundle of unbridled energy and joy, with a cheekiness that you could not help but smile at and a brain which was sharp as a tack. Full of adventure and mischief, we will forever miss her, but are grateful for the light she brought into our lives in the too short time she was with us.’
The family are now urging Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to visit the war-torn country to call on Hamas to release all the hostages.
Lianne called her family in panic when terrorists began attacking their kibbutz, her sister-in-law Nira Sharabi revealed today. Recalling the horrifying events, Nira told MailOnline: ‘The last contact I had with Lianne and the girls was at about 11am on Saturday morning.
‘She sent me a message saying; ”Nira, I can hear them. They are here at our house. They are shooting and shouting ”’Die Israel”. Please call for help”.
‘I told her; ”Be Strong! I am calling for help!” But ten minutes later I lost contact with her and the girls.
‘Later we learned that Lianne and Yahel had been murdered. But we don’t know what has happened to Noiya and her dad Eli. All we know is that the terrorists broke into their safe room.
‘Eli had barricaded the door and was holding the handle but the terrorists managed to get it open. When the soldiers went in there was a pool of blood outside the door of the safe room.
‘The terrorists did not burned down the house but they smashed everything up. Everything inside the house was broken. They even shot the dog, Moka. She was found dead under the table in the living room. She had bled to death.’
Hamas also broke into Nira’s house and took her husband Yosi hostage. He is still missing.
She told MailOnline: ‘The terrorists also came to my house. They broke into our safe room and shot our dog Shoko dead. They shouted at us and we begged for our lives. They took us down stairs at gun point and into the garden. They demanded we give them the keys to our car.
‘They had come from Gaza in a small black car. They made my husband Yosi and my daughter’s boyfriend Ofir and another boy Ami get into the car and took him away. They let us go and we went inside another house and found a place to hide. We waited there for eight hours with nothing to eat or drink and no way to power our phones before we were rescued.’
The girl’s uncle Raz Matalon told how mother Lianne had warned him that they were under threat.
Mr Matalon told MailOnline: ‘Early on Saturday morning when Hamas fired all the missiles at Israel we called Eli and Lianne and other members of the family, like we always do. Lianne told us this was not like a usual missile attack. It was different. She said she had heard shooting and hand grenades exploding and that the noise of gunfire was getting closer. Then she said: ”We have to be quiet because they are near.”
‘After a few minutes my wife and I left our shelter and turned on the TV.’
He added: ‘We saw on the news that terrorists had infiltrated Kibbutz Be’eri. It was a terrible shock. Lianne sent a few more messages and after that we did not heard from them any more. We were very worried about them. Later we learned that Lianne and Yehal were murdered and that Eli and Noiya had been taken hostage. This has been very upsetting for us. But it is moving to see how people from around the world are supporting us.’
Recalling the horrifying events of Saturday morning the girl’s aunt Nira Sharabi told MailOnline: ‘The last contact I had with Lianne and the girls was at about 11am on Saturday morning.
‘She sent me a message saying: ”Nira, I can hear them. They are here at our house. They are shooting and shouting ‘Die Israel’. Please call for help.”
‘I told her: ”Be Strong! I am calling for help!”
Yahel (left) and her mother Lianne (centre) were killed by Hamas terrorists on October 7. Noiya (right) is still missing
Yahel, 13, (right) was murdered by Hamas terrorists, her family have confirmed, while her older sister Noiya, 16, (left) is still missing
‘But ten minutes later I lost contact with her and the girls. Later we learned that Lianne and Yehal had been murdered. But we don’t know what has happened to Noiya and her dad Eli.
‘All we know is that the terrorists broke into their safe room. Eli had barricaded the door and was holding the handle but the terrorists managed to get it open.
‘When the soldiers went in there was a pool of blood outside the door of the safe room. The terrorists did not burned down the house but they smashed everything up. Everything inside the house was broken. They even shot the dog, Moka. She was found dead under the table in the living room. She had bled to death.’
The Hamas terrorists also broke into Nira Sharabi’s house and took her husband Yosi hostage. He is still missing.
She told MailOnline: ‘The terrorists also came to my house. They broke into our safe room and shot our dog Shoko dead. They shouted at us and we begged for our lives.
‘They took us down stairs at gun point and into the garden. They demanded we give them the keys to our car.
‘They had come from Gaza in a small black car. They made my husband Yosi and my daughter’s boyfriend Ofir and another boy Ami get into the car and took him away.’
Newly released photos of the cheeky young teen show her beaming as she stood in climbing gear, while another shows her stood at the side of a pool in diving kit.
As the war between Israel and Hamas enters its second week, dozens of Israelis remain missing, including some who are also British citizens.
Amongst those unaccounted for is 21-year-old Mia Schem, an Israeli-French citizen who was abducted on October 7 by the Palestinian militants, along with other young Israelis from the deadly Nova Festival near the Israeli border.
Today Mia’s distressed mother, Karen Schem, appealed for her child to be returned home, ‘begging the world to bring [her] baby back’ adding that she ‘only went to a party, to a festival to have some fun’ but ‘now she’s in Gaza’.
Meanwhile, dozens are thought to have been killed in Gaza this afternoon after Israel bombed the southern region after telling Palestinians to evacuate just days ago.
Back in Britain, Good Morning Britain host Richard Madeley sparked a huge backlash after asking British-Palestinian MP Layla Moran, whose family are trapped in Gaza, whether she knew about the Hamas terrorist attack before it happened.
Yahel, 13, disappeared after the terrorists attacked Kibbutz Be’eri and killed her British-born mother Lianne. Her family have confirmed she was murdered while her sister Noiya, 16, (right) is still missing alongside their father
Houses are destroyed after clashes between Israeli and Palestinian forces in Be’eri, Israel, on October 14
Israeli soldiers patrol the area as the traces of clashes between Israeli and Palestinian forces are seen in Be’eri on October 14
Yahel and her sister hadn’t been heard from since black-clad gunmen, wielding assault rifles and hand grenades, went door to door at their small kibbutz looking for Israeli families to slaughter or kidnap in their savage attack on October 7.
The family were sheltering in the safe room at their home in the Kerem – ‘grape vine’ – neighbourhood of the kibbutz when the terrorists broke in, relatives told MailOnline today.
The girl’s relatives who live in the UK said the family visited at least once a year and spoke of the ‘joy on [the girl’s] faces when they ripped open gifts’.
Yahel’s death comes as the family was still reeling from her mother’s murder. Speaking of Lianne, who first moved to Israel as a kibbutz volunteer when she was 19, the family added: ‘She lived a beautiful life and will be sorely missed by the heartbroken family and friends she leaves behind.’
Last night Yahel and Noiya’s heartbroken uncles told MailOnline that they weren’t eating or sleeping since they reported the girls missing and were determined to do everything they could to bring them back to safety.
The girls’ uncles, Raz Matalon and Sharon Sharabi, said they had received a series of panicked messages from Lianne on October 7 who told them she heard gunshots outside their home.
They told MailOnline: ‘She wrote that she heard gunshots outside her home. That people were screaming and calling in Arabic. And people running all over.
‘So they stayed in the safe room until they heard the terrorists had entered the house and tried to open the door.’
It was at this moment all communication from Lianne and her family ceased, leaving her family waiting in vain for any news of their loved ones.
The uncles said it wasn’t until three days later that Israeli soldiers were able to enter Eli and Lianne’s home, where they saw bullets embedded in the walls of the bomb shelter and in the children’s room.
‘There were too big blood stains on the floor,’ Matalon and Sharabi said. ‘They saw the dog lying there dead.’
Noiya, far right, and her father Eli (centre) are still missing while her mother (left) was killed by the terrorists
Israeli soldiers cordon off an area in Be’eri Kibbutz near the border with the Gaza Strip on October 15 following the Hamas attack
Houses are destroyed after Hamas terrorists set fire to homes in Be’eri, Israel, last week
A man checks the interior of a house damaged in the October 7 attack by Hamas terrorists on Kibbutz Be’eri on October 14
A soldier inspects the debris, which includes smashed furniture and bullet-ridden walls
Israeli soldiers walk past a house destroyed in the attack by Hamas terrorists
The family fear Noiya and her father Eli have been taken into Gaza as hostages where the Hamas terrorists are using people they have captured as ‘human shields’ to fend off Israeli forces.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed yesterday that six Britons were killed in the attacks last week, while another ten are missing.
Last week, chilling video emerged of the moment Hamas terrorists ran towards homes in the Be’eri kibbutz and unleashed a hail of bullets on the terrified families living there.
What had been a quiet morning, where many of the 1,000 families – including Yahel, Noiya and their parents – would have been sleeping or enjoying breakfast, turned into one of nightmares.
The gunmen can be heard shouting orders at each other in the video as they run from house to house, the sickening sound of gunshots filling the morning air.
Four gunmen can be seen approaching one family home before shooting into the windows. One of the terrorists can be seen kicking down the door as a round of five gunshots can be heard in the background in quick succession.
The video cuts out before the terrorists manage to break down the door, but it was at this kibbutz they ruthlessly shot dead screaming families as they begged for their lives. Israeli soldiers would later find the bodies of 108 Israeli civilians lying riddled with bullet holes in their homes.
Chilling video has emerged of the moment Hamas terrorists ran towards homes in the kibbutz and unleashed a hail of bullets on the terrified families living there
Israeli soldiers carry the body of a Hamas terrorist in Be’eri Kibbutz on Wednesday
A house is completely destroyed after being burned by Hamas terrorists during the attack at Be’eri Kibbutz
Buildings and vehicles are destroyed after Hamas terrorists launched their attack on Be’eri
Israeli Major General Itai Veruv told how the Hamas terrorists had thrown a hand grenade towards 15 girls and teenagers who were desperately trying to hide from them. All were found dead in that single room.
The Hamas gunmen also set fire to several homes here in a sick attempt to force the families out so that they could gun them down as soon as they reached their gardens.
Horrific photos too graphic to publish showed how one woman was lying face down in the bed in a pool of blood with six gaping holes in her mottled, decomposing skin.
Next to her, a man with dark hair awkwardly slipped in a gap between the bed and a wall. His black clothes, which appeared to be pyjamas, were still slick with his blood, which pooled in a dark red mess on the floor below him.
His body could be seen decomposing – his face has blackened with boils all over his arms. Chunks of his flesh were missing from his right arm and hand.
Outside, several cars were left flattened, while the bodies of people in everyday clothing can be seen lying in awkward positions.
One survivor, Haim Jelin, told local media that Hamas fighters ‘walked around Be’eri like they owned the place’.
He added: ‘They shot indiscriminately, abducted whoever they could, burned down people’s homes so they’d have to escape through the window, where the terrorists would wait.’
A woman called Miri Gad Mesika told local media that she and her husband were choking on thick smoke and gas fumes as they tried to hide.
‘We soaked towels with water and covered our faces, while my husband Eli held the shelter door closed as hard as he could as the terrorists tried to break in,’ she said.
‘Moments before we jumped from the second floor, we assessed the situation of the fire and looked out for the terrorists and decided to jump.
‘We fled to our neighbours across the street, and watched our house go up in flames before it was completely burned down. I have no idea how we survived.’
Israeli Major General Itai Veruv, who arrived at Be’eri on Saturday to join the fighting there, said as he walked past a home in the now blackened kibbutz: ‘Children in the same room and someone came and killed them all. Fifteen girls and teenagers, they put (them) in the same room, threw in a hand grenade and it’s over.’
‘This is a massacre. It’s a pogrom.’
Be’eri, a settlement of a little more than 1,000 people, is one of more than 20 towns and villages ambushed early Saturday by Hamas terrorists.
Before the attack, Be’eri — started by Zionist settlers two years before the country itself was founded — was known for its industriousness, including a large printing plant that turns out Israeli driver’s licenses.
Now it has become a horrific symbol of the war with Hamas, which authorities say has so far left about 1,300 dead in Israel and about 2,778 people in Gaza.
Mr Sunak said the people killed and missing in the Hamas attack on Israel came from more than 30 countries, as well as Israel. He called the attack ‘an existential strike at the very idea of Israel as a safe homeland for the Jewish people.’
He said Britain supports ‘absolutely Israel’s right to defend itself, to go after Hamas, take back the hostages, deter further incursions and strengthen its security for the long term – in line with international humanitarian law.’
He added the UK has earmarked £10million to alleviate the ‘acute humanitarian crisis’ in Gaza, and urged Israel and Egypt to open a border crossing to let in aid.
Meanwhile, further video of the attack on the Be’eri kibbutz where Yahel lived with her family shows the moment the murderous gunmen shot dead an Israeli family’s dog before storming their home, raiding their fridge and setting their home alight.
The clip, obtained from the GoPro camera attached to the helmet of one Hamas fighter, showed how the dog came bounding out of the house towards the attackers and was immediately mowed down with several bullets.
Hamas terrorists promptly invaded one house and rifled through the family’s belongings, drinking orange juice from their fridge and gorging themselves on its contents.
Then one militant drew a lighter from his pocket and took it to the wall, sparking house plants and hanging ornaments that quickly set ablaze before the heavily armed men made their exit.
Further video of the attack shows the moment the murderous gunmen shot dead an Israeli family’s dog before storming their home, raiding their fridge and setting their home alight amid a campaign of civilian slaughter
One militant withdrew a lighter from his pocket and held it to the wall, setting fire to house plants and hanging ornaments
The dog came bounding out of the house towards the attackers and was immediately mowed down with several bullets
Another harrowing scene from the same kibbutz showed how a second group of Hamas militants gained access to the gated compound by slaughtering civilians at near point blank range as they sat in a car.
The footage of the brutal attack was captured by cameras mounted at various points overlooking the entrance to the kibbutz, protected by a yellow metal gate.
CCTV camera footage, timestamped 5.55am on Saturday, shows two Hamas militants armed with AK-47s and dressed in camouflaged military clothing, body armour and combat boots approaching the gate that blocks a two-lane road.
At first, the two fighters are seen trying to find a way through the gate, with one testing to see whether he could fit through the small gap underneath.
He soon changes his mind, and instead breaks into a small guardhouse that sits to one side of the kibbutz entrance, using his rifle to smash his way inside.
Seconds after he climbs through a window, the other combatant spots the approaching car. He hides behind a tree, while the first soldier hides inside the guardhouse, setting an ambush for the approaching vehicle.
At 5.57am, barely two minutes after the two militants were first seen inspecting the entryway to the kibbutz, the driver and passenger are seen pulling up to the gate.
Both are seemingly unaware that the two armed men are lying in wait, and the electronically-operated gate starts to open.
As the driver briefly leans out the window, seemingly to address whoever is inside the guard-house, the armed militant is seen running out from behind the tree.
Israeli rescuers shared a shocking image of a blood-soaked nursery in Be’eri
A nursery room is seen charred after Hamas set fire to the building
Once he is feet away from the car, he mercilessly opens fire from point blank range through the passenger side window, blasting the two Israelis with several rounds.
From the other side, the Hamas militant in the guard house also opens fire, hitting the driver several times, who is seen being buffeted as he it hit by the bullets.
As the militants run through the now open gate, the footage shows the car continuing to gently roll forward into the kibbutz which has now been breached.
The victims inside the car remain motionless, covered in blood. Both are presumed to have been killed in the attack, likely among the first victims on Saturday which saw more than 1,000 Hamas gunmen stream across the border from Gaza and into Israel, where they indiscriminately shot civilians while taking others hostage.
The Times of Israel reported Hamas had control of the Be’eri kibbutz for 17 hours.
General Veruv, who had retired from the military until he was recalled Saturday to lead forces fighting to regain control of towns that were attacked, said Hamas fighters had taken up entrenched positions in the ruins of Be’eri, hiding in small groups before surprising Israeli soldiers as they went from house to house.
‘Every time that we thought we cleaned the area and everything was silent, suddenly another 12 or another 20 got out,’ he said.