The final messages of an Israeli-American family whose kibbutz was attacked by Hamas on Saturday have been revealed by the Daily Mail.

The family texted relatives in Australia initially saying they were safe as they had entered shelters, but minutes later the situation changed dramatically.

“They are here, they are burning us, they are suffocating,” 36-year-old Johnny Seaman Tov wrote to his relatives.

He and his 35-year-old wife Tamar Kedem Simian Tov, their three children aged two to five, and his 36-year-old mother, 70, were killed on Saturday.

The family lived in Kibbutz Nir Oz, a community of 400 people, near the Gaza Strip, where 80 people died.


70-year-old Carol

Carol, the 36-year-old’s mother, had fled to her home with her dog as Hamas advanced its attack, but the gunmen killed her in her room.

According to the daily mail, the only survivors of the family are Carol’s two daughters, her two sons and her husband. One of the sons, Sahar Butler, who was the head of security for the kibbutz, was shot but is recovering.