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Oct 24, 2023 09:27 PM IST

9 days old baby Kai survives as terrorists set family's home on fire near Gaza border.

A British family residing in Israel in Kibbutz Nirim near the Gaza border experienced a nightmare that turned into a miraculous story of survival. Baby Kai, 9 days old, faced unimaginable danger when Hamas terrorists forcibly entered his family's home and set it on fire. Sharing the family's survival story on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) Aviva Klompas wrote:

Baby Kai was just 9 days old when Hamas terrorists broke into his family's home on Kibbutz Nirim and set fire to the house.(X/AvivaKlompas)
Baby Kai was just 9 days old when Hamas terrorists broke into his family's home on Kibbutz Nirim and set fire to the house.(X/AvivaKlompas)

“Baby Kai was just 9 days old when Hamas terrorists broke into his family's home on Kibbutz Nirim and set fire to the house. His parents sent a desperate note to their family chat: "My house is on fire, we're locked in the shelter, please save us.”

The family stayed in the safe room shelter for six hours as their entire house caught fire. To help Kai breathe, they placed him on the windowsill taking a chance that terrorists would see the infant.

Thankfully, the family survived. May Kai grow up to never know such horrors again.”

The incident happened on October 7th. Despite the immense danger, the family survived the terrifying experience. In a bid to help their infant son breathe, they placed Kai on the windowsill, taking a calculated risk that the terrorists might spot the baby. Kai’s mother, Aimee Labban shared her family’s experience with Channel 12 and said, “My mom who was with us grabbed Kai and he started crying. She put a finger in his mouth to shut him up as quickly as possible."

"Uriel and I held the doorknob up, the terrorists fought us. Seeing they couldn't get into the safe room, they decided to drag things behind the door and set fire to our house. We began to see an orange light, thick flames and smoke. The smoke still managed to get into the room," she added.

Baby’s father Uriel Labban also recounted the experience and said, “When we placed our little one on the windowsill, it was one of the hardest decisions we had to make. On the one hand, if we left him in the safe room, we thought he would probably inhale a lethal amount of smoke, but on the other hand, if we put him on the windowsill, the terrorists could have attacked him.”

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The Labban family, including grandmother Deborah Mintz, stayed hidden for nine long hours, afraid of being found. Later, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) came to their rescue, leading them and their neighbours to safety in a nearby shelter.

The Labban family's experience is a reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by residents living near the Gaza Border. One user expressed relief on the fact that baby Kai is safe, stating, “I truly have no words here! Such fear and terror for this family! Thanks be to God for their survival!!”

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