This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
Hardened media outlets, familiar with the violence of war, even genocide, stumbled on Tuesday to describe the viciousness of the Hamas attack on Israel, using words like "depravity" and "terror … rampage." And "ruthless murder." And "barbarity."
They were describing the scene at a kibbutz in Israel where Hamas terrorists "massacred at least 40 babies and young children before beheading some of them."
Families were gunned down in their beds, soldiers reported. Others burned alive.
The horror unfolded as Israeli soldiers moved into the Kfar Aza kibbutz to remove the bodies of the victims.
Burned houses and wrecked furniture were evident. Then the bodies, bullet-riddled, of everyone who had lived there.
According to the Daily Mail, "Outside the destroyed homes, the soldiers told i24News correspondent Nicole Zedek how they saw the bodies of babies next to their cots, their heads chopped off, in a sign of the depraved acts committed by the terrorists since they attacked Israel on Saturday."
Reports confirmed IDF soldiers said as many as 40 babies and children were murdered.
"Harrowing images from the scene show a baby's cot covered with blood, her small bloodied dress lying next to it," the report said.
"You see the babies, the mothers, the fathers, in their bedrooms, in their protection rooms, and how the terrorist kills them. It's not a war, it's not a battlefield. It's a massacre, it's a terror activity," charged Israeli Major General Itai Veruv.
One observer described it as "something that we used to imagine from our grandfathers, grandmothers in the pogrom in Europe…."
The report said Kfar Aza was just one of many massacre scenes since the Hamas terrorists launched their war.
Another scene appeared at Be'eri, where a video revealed Hamas militants shooting and killing a family's dog, then invading a home and rifling through the dead family's belongings.
A report by Fox News called the discoveries evidence of "unspeakable horrors."
The report noted more than 700 Israelis, including men, women, children, and even the elderly, were "indiscriminately killed."
i24News cited the barbarity involved.
"Many soldiers were called up for reserve service and could be seen actively consoling each other after what they had to witness. They arrived expecting the worst, but the scenes are beyond anything that one could imagine. Some soldiers say they found babies with their heads cut off, entire families gunned down in their beds. About 40 babies and young children have been taken out on gurneys — so far," i24News reported.
The report added, "The atrocities that were committed with guns, grenades, knives, all targeting innocent civilians in their homes. We can see soccer nets on lawns, a sign of the bucolic life that once existed here. Doors are wide open, strollers are left behind, and sidewalks are destroyed by artillery. There are charred houses, as terrorists burned down houses to drive the civilians sheltering inside to come out."
And the Sun said Hamas left behind "unimaginable horror."
One of those was evidence of "entire families burned alive."
Reporters described the "smell of death" and Israeli schools are telling parents to remove various software programs from their children's phones so they won't run across graphic content.
Israeli's immediate response has been air strikes on Hamas locations after it warned civilians to flee those areas.