(Times of Israel) – The owners of a small plant nursery in Kibbutz Be’eri, one of the most devastated communities in the October 7 Hamas onslaught, thought they had lost their business when they were forced to evacuate. But then they returned, only to discover soldiers had broken in to water the plants.
“Be’eri had a thriving nursery for household plants, a little blossoming paradise that made everyone happy,” owner Avivit John wrote on social media.
“When we were forced to evacuate, it was clear that all the plants would dry up. Rain does not get inside and the watering was done by hand. After two days without water, the plants start to wither,” she said.
“Now we found a small miracle in Be’eri,” she wrote, posting a video of the thriving nursery they found when they returned several weeks later and a sign explaining it.
“Sorry we broke into the nursery, we had to water the plants. With love, the soldiers,” the sign said.
Southern communities near the Gaza border were evacuated following Hamas’s devastating October 7 onslaught, in which some 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were brutally murdered in their homes and at a music festival, and over 240 were abducted, including 30 babies and children.
In Be’eri alone, over 100 terrorists rampaged through the kibbutz, killing approximately 130 people — more than 10 percent of the community’s population.
In response to the killings, Israel vowed to eradicate the terror group and has since hit thousands of Hamas targets inside the Strip with airstrikes and an ongoing ground operation.