Chases. Splinter wounds. Surrounded by terrorists who are almost certainly facing death.
The story of Dor Kapah, one of the thousands of Israeli civilians celebrating at the Nova music festival as armed Hamas fighters poured across the Gaza border to carry out their ruthless massacre, is truly film-worthy.
Circumstances forced the typically mild-mannered masseur into a quick transformation into a bona fide action hero as he piloted a getaway vehicle full of terrified civilians from a fleet of gun-wielding terrorists chasing them on motorcycles.
His friend escaped death by inches when shrapnel from a terrorist explosion tore off part of his scalp, while Dor himself saved his crew from death when he managed to ram a Hamas fighter off the road.
Now, still agonizingly awaiting news of his friends kidnapped and taken to Gaza by Islamist attackers, Dor tells MailOnline his breathless, adrenaline-fuelled escape from the festival in graphic detail.
Dor recounts how he and his friends were chased by terrorists at the Nova music festival
One of Dor’s passengers lost a piece of his scalp when shrapnel from terrorist shots scarred the back of his head
Dor was about to flee the festival site, but then he received a call from a friend who told him not to go because “the streets were full of terrorists.”
Scenes from Kibbutz Be’eri, where Dor was forced to hide from Hamas terrorists for six hours
A house destroyed during the Hamas attack is seen at Kibbutz Be’eri in Be’eri, Israel, on October 14, 2023
“Everything was amazing until 6 a.m. … then we saw the tracks of rockets shooting into the air,” Dor said.
“The music stopped, everyone panicked.” People started running, lying on the ground… it was complete chaos. We heard shots in the distance… then we saw them coming – 400 meters away. 300 meters.’
Dor and his friends began packing up their belongings and preparing their jeep to flee the festival site. But then he received a call from a friend on a nearby kibbutz that put the group in a quandary.
“Don’t leave the festival,” the friend said. “The streets are full of terrorists.”
It was in that moment that Dor truly realized how dire his predicament was – damned if you stay, damned if you go, and gunmen lurking at his every turn.
But when terrorists with AK-47s attacked him, Dor and his friends had no choice but to get in their jeep and drive off.
As he walked between the festival tents toward the exit, Dor stopped, only to gather more desperate festival-goers who stopped him and begged him to save them.
“I see people running towards us from the exits and a group of 30 to 40 terrorists… they were hunted like ducks,” Dor exclaimed.
After leaving the festival site, the group raced towards nearby bushes, where they came across an abandoned, damaged IDF armored car. They spotted an IDF assault rifle lying on the ground, picked it up and fled into the bushes.
For a few minutes, the revelers believe they are safe. They get out of the jeep and start calling their families.
But the moment of peace is interrupted by the roar of motorcycle engines, and seconds later a group of armed Hamas fighters storm across the fields towards them, followed by terrorists in trucks.
Dor’s passengers frantically called police as they fled the festival site
Dor narrowly escaped being shot at close range and managed to run over a terrorist on a motorcycle before he could fire his weapon
Debris is seen at a burnt out nursery in Be’eri
An Israeli soldier in the destroyed Jewish house in the community of Kibbutz Be’eri on the border with the Gaza Strip
The group jumped back into the Jeep, but two passengers decided to run further into the bushes. It is believed they were later captured and dragged across the border.
Dor headed again to Kibbutz Be’eri – where it later emerged that more than 100 Israeli civilians had been shot, stabbed and burned in their homes.
At the intersection leading to Be’eri, Hamas terrorists on motorcycles caught up with Dor, causing him to accelerate again, veer off the road and swerve violently to avoid the hail of bullets.
Despite his erratic driving, Hamas managed to fire several shots at the jeep. Shrapnel from an explosion ripped through the cabin, searing the back of a passenger’s head, Gilad, and tearing skin from his scalp.
“I was shot in the head!” Gilad screams. “Hold the wound, squeeze it tight!” Dor responded as he zigzagged his vehicle further away from the terrorists.
Suddenly a motorcycle stopped right in front of Dor’s jeep.
“The terrorist looks me in the eyes and shouts: “This is a Jew – kill the Jew!”
The Hamas fighter looked for his weapon, but Dor rammed the motorcycle with the front of the jeep, sending the driver flying and eventually collapsing in a nearby ditch.
When we entered Be’eri there was no way out. Dor stopped the truck near a bush and entered a dilapidated public toilet building, dragging the bleeding Gilad with him.
They cowered there for six hours as Hamas gunmen came and went, shooting at doors and windows, before moving on to massacre more civilians throughout the kibbutz.
“Even if our friends return from across the border, they will never be the same again,” Dor said before collapsing
Forensic experts extract bone fragments from the ruins of a burned-out house in Be’eri
Members of the army rescue team and ZAKA crews search for bodies and body parts after the attack by Hamas and Palestinian militants on the kibbutz on October 22, 2023
“We can’t do anything.” Pieces of the ceiling crumbled on us. We barricaded ourselves inside for six hours.
“You hear screams, the rockets, the Kalashnikov shots.” Dor continued, his voice shaking.
But just when all hope seemed lost, Dor said he could hear “the language of the IDF.” Military service is compulsory in Israel and most civilians complete two or more years of army training.
Hearing the voices of the IDF soldiers gave Dor and his wounded friend the strength to run for cover before joining the military unit and evacuating the hellhole.
Sharing his thoughts with MailOnline after his heroic but harrowing ordeal, Dor could only speak of his friends and other Israeli citizens who were kidnapped by the terrorists and forced back to Gaza.
“People will not be who they once were.” Even if our friends return from across the border, those abducted will never be the same again.”
Dor agreed to share his story after speaking to Survived To Tell, an NGO initiative Israel isto help survivors of the Hamas massacre as well as friends and family members of those abducted tell their stories.