Six-year-old Gaza girl found dead 12 days after her plea for help

She was found along with her relatives in the rescue ambulance

Israel Gaza war This undated handout photograph obtained courtesy of the family shows six-year-old Palestinian girl Hind Rajab posing for a picture | AFP

With sounds of shooting echoing in the background, Hind Rajab, a six-year-old girl had rang up Gaza rescuers calling for help. “I’m scared. Please come help”, she cried over the phone. And 12 days after the call, her body was recovered by relatives on Saturday.

Along with the girl, the bodies of five of her family members and two ambulance workers gone to save her were also found after being trapped under Israeli military fire.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) accused Israel of deliberately targeting the ambulance it sent to rescue the girl after she had spent hours on the phone to dispatchers begging for help.

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

Hind's body along with the rest of the relatives was recovered fron the Tel al-Hawa suburb of Gaza City.

The audio clips released by the Red Crescent revealed her distress and fear. "Come and get me," Hind was heard crying desperately in another audio recording. "I'm so scared, please come."

According to PCRS, it was after coordinating with the Israeli military and getting a green signal that the ambulance had gone to rescue the child.

"In our last communication with the team, they said the occupation forces aimed a laser beam at them. We heard gunshots and then an explosion," said Red Crescent spokesperson in Ramallah, Nebal Farsakh, reported Reuters.

However, later contact with both the ambulance and Hind was lost by the team.


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