Days after she asked for help, the girl’s body was found in a car in Gaza City, her relatives say

Relatives on Saturday found the body of a six-year-old Palestinian girl who begged rescuers in Gaza to send help after she was trapped by Israeli army fire, along with the bodies of five members of her family and two ambulance workers who went to rescue her. Ha.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society accused Israel of deliberately targeting the ambulance it sent to rescue Hind Rajab after she spent hours on the phone pleading with ambulance dispatchers amid the sounds of gunfire echoing throughout the place.

The Red Crescent said in a statement, “The occupation deliberately targeted the Red Crescent crew despite prior coordination to allow the ambulance to arrive at the site to rescue Hind.”

The Israeli army did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the Red Crescent statement.

The official Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) reported that family members found Hind’s body, along with her uncle, aunt, and their three children, in a car near a roundabout in the Tel al-Hawa suburb of Gaza City.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society published a photo of the ambulance, which was seen almost completely burned. Al Jazeera’s footage of the scene showed the ambulance just steps away from the car they said the family was in, a black Kia Picanto that was damaged and riddled with bullet holes.

Hind’s plight, revealed in harrowing audio clips of her terrifying conversation with rescue workers 12 days ago, has highlighted the conditions of civilians in the face of Israel’s four-month-old assault on Gaza.

The ever-increasing death toll

The war began on October 7 after an attack by Hamas-led militants in Israel that killed 1,200 people, including many Canadians. According to Israeli officials, Hamas also took 253 people hostage.

People walk near the rubble of collapsed and damaged buildings on Al-Oyoun Street in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip.
People walk near the rubble of destroyed and damaged buildings on Al-Oyoun Street in Gaza City a week ago. (AFP via Getty Images)

Since then, the Israeli army has overrun most of Gaza under intense bombardment in a conflict that has killed more than 28,000 people, according to Palestinian health authorities.

During the war, the Israeli army said it was taking steps to avoid civilian casualties. It faced strong international criticism because of the number of casualties.

Audio clips released by the Red Crescent earlier this month recorded a call to dispatchers initially made by Layan Hamadeh, Hind’s teenage cousin, saying an Israeli tank was approaching before shots rang out and screaming.

Believed to be the only survivor, Hend remained on the line for three hours with dispatchers who tried to calm her down as they prepared to send an ambulance.

Hind’s voice was heard crying intensely in another audio recording: “Come and get me.” “I’m so scared, please come.”

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said that after coordinating with the Israeli army through intermediaries and obtaining the green light, it decided that it was safe to send an ambulance with two crews, Youssef Zeno and Ahmed Al-Madhoun.

A woman combs through the rubble of a destroyed building in Gaza City looking for salvageable items.
A woman searches for salvageable items on Al Mukhabarat Street in Gaza City amid the rubble of buildings destroyed during the Israeli bombing a week ago. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Red Crescent spokesman in Ramallah, Nepal Farsakh, said, “In our last contact with the team, they said that the occupation forces directed a laser beam at them, and we heard gunfire and then an explosion.”

Communication with both the ambulance team and Hind was then lost, leaving their families, colleagues and many people around the world worried about their fate.

“As we continue to look into exactly what happened, we want to reiterate that civilians must be protected – no child should ever feel terrified for their life, surrounded by the bodies of their family members. The possibility that these could be India’s last moments is devastating and devastating.” . A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross told Reuters that the situation was unbearable.

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