Body of 6-year-old child killed in Israeli ‘deliberate’ fire found after 12 days | Israel’s War on Gaza News
Hind Rajab’s body was found by relatives who had asked rescuers to send in help after being trapped by Israeli army fire.
The body of a six-year-old Palestinian girl, who went missing for 12 days after an Israeli tank targeted their family’s car in Gaza, has been found along with the bodies of two doctors who were sent to look for them.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the family of the girl, Hind Rajab, confirmed on Saturday that the seven people inside the car had been killed, with the Palestinian relief group saying they had lost crew members Yusuf Zeino and Ahmed al-Madhoun in the Israeli attack on civilians in Gaza City.
Family members found Hind’s body along with that of her uncle and aunt and their three children near a roundabout in the suburb of Tal al-Hawa, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
Another of Hind’s brothers, Sameeh Hamadeh, said the car was full of holes.
“The post deliberately focused on the ambulance when it arrived at the scene, where it was found just meters away from the vehicle in which the child Hind was trapped,” the PRCS statement said.
“Despite prior coordination to allow the ambulance to reach the location to rescue the child, Hind, the post deliberately targeted the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance team . “
🚨 Crisis: A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance was found bombed in the Tal al-Hawa area of #Gaza City, which led to the killing of team members Yusuf Zeino and Ahmed Al-Madhoun, who had been missing from a rescue mission for the child Hind Rajab 12 days ago.#No target❌… pic.twitter.com/dCgfeevTd8
— PRCS (@PalestineRCS) February 10, 2024
Earlier this month, the PRCS released an audio file in which Hind can be heard pleading on the phone with a member of the rescue team. It is believed that all members of her family have been killed before, leaving her terrified in the car with the dead bodies of her loved ones.
“I’m scared, please come. Please call someone to come and get me,” she was heard crying desperately in the call that PRCS said lasted for three hours in an attempt to calm the terrified child.
The Israeli army had previously said it was unaware of what had happened.
The PRCS had begun counting the hours since it lost contact with Hind and the team in an attempt to draw attention to the plight of Palestinian health care workers, who continue to be under constant attacks by the Israeli army. .
In an interview with Al Jazeera Arabic shortly after the family was targeted, Hind’s mother said she was able to talk to her and her older cousin, 15-year-old Layan Hamadeh, who was with Hind in the car.
“They are shooting at us. The tank is next to it,” Layan said in a recording released at the time.
Then a barrage of shots was heard, followed by screams, before the line was cut out.
Hind’s plight, revealed in the harrowing audio clips, highlighted the impossible conditions for civilians in the face of Israel’s four-month offensive on Gaza, which many governments have called “genocide”.
The Israeli military has killed nearly 28,000 people – mostly women and children – since October 7 when Hamas fighters attacked Israel, killing more than 1,100 people and taking 253 prisoners, according to figures Israel.