6-Year-Old Palestinian Girl Found Dead After Deliberate Israeli Fire in Gaza City

February 11, 2024 - Reading time: 2 minutes

The body of six-year-old Palestinian girl Hind Rajab, missing for twelve days following an Israeli tank attack on her family car in Gaza, has been discovered.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the family confirmed that all seven people inside the vehicle were killed during the Israeli assault on civilians in Gaza City.

Yusuf Zeino and Ahmed al-Madhoun, two medics dispatched to locate Hind and her family members, lost their lives in the attack as well. The PRCS reported that they had been targeted by Israel deliberately while attempting to rescue the trapped child.

Hind's body was found along with those of her uncle, aunt, and their three children near a roundabout in Gaza City’s Tal al-Hawa suburb. Sameeh Hamadeh, another one of Hind’s uncles, stated that the car had been riddled with bullet holes.

The PRCS shared an audio file where Hind could be heard pleading for help on the phone with a member of the rescue team. The child was trapped in the vehicle with the lifeless bodies of her family members and desperately called out for assistance, fearing for her life.

Despite Israel's claim that they were unaware of the incident, the PRCS had started counting the number of hours since contact was lost to draw attention to the ongoing attacks on Palestinian healthcare workers by the Israeli army.

The plight of Hind and her family underscores the dire conditions faced by civilians amidst Israel's four-month assault on Gaza, which has been labeled a "genocide" by many governments. Since October 7th, when Hamas fighters attacked Israel, resulting in over 1,100 deaths and capturing 253 people, the Israeli military has killed nearly 28,000 individuals – mostly women and children.

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