From trauma to rainbows; Israel festival survivors heal in Cyprus

A woman wearing an Israeli flag takes part in a support rally outside the central Synagogue in the coastal town of Larnaca, Oct 17. [AP]

MILIOU - Deep within the lush mountainous forests of Cyprus, survivors of the October 7 music festival bloodbath in Israel practice yoga, paint and meditate as they try to come to grips with the trauma.

At an Israeli-run wellness retreat, survivor Matan Madar wants to dull the cries. Dor Rahamim is looking for peace. Neta Cohen says she wants to live her life to the full, after seeing the lives of others so brutally cut short.

"We are trying to clear the mind of the screams," said Madar, 23, who lost friends when Hamas militants went on a bloody rampage at the Nova festival.

Some 364 people were shot, bludgeoned or burned to death at the all-night festival, held about 5 km (2 miles) from the Gaza Strip.

Israel estimates in total 1,200 people were killed in the attack on its south that triggered a retaliatory onslaught, which the Hamas-run health ministry...

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