A six-year-old Palestinian girl who called authorities begging for help as the sole survivor of an attack in Gaza City has been found dead. She died along with a few paramedics who tried to save her.
The girl, Hind Rajab, was racing in their family car with relatives – her aunt, uncle and her three cousins – to outrun Israeli tanks and flee the city.
Tanks eventually shot at the car, killing Hind’s relatives. The little girl survived the first attack long enough to call emergency services for help. Gunfire is heard just before Hind’s call ends abruptly, the BBC reports.
On Saturday, paramedics from the Palestinian Red Crescent managed to reach the area where Hind’s relatives were killed. Previously, the area was closed because it was an active combat zone.
They eventually found a black Kia with its windows blown out and its doors riddled with bullets. That was the car Hind and her family were in when they tried to flee the city.
A paramedic reported that Hind’s remains were found among the bodies of her relatives. She appeared to have been killed by gunfire and shelling.
The black Kia wasn’t the only vehicle vandalized on the street; the ambulance crew also discovered the remains of an ambulance just a few meters away. The Red Crescent said an ambulance was sent to answer Hind’s call for help but never returned.
The PRCS has accused Israel of deliberately destroying the ambulance and killing paramedics.
“The [Israeli] The occupation deliberately targeted the Red Crescent crew, despite prior coordination to allow the ambulance to arrive on site to save the child Hind,” the organization said in a statement.
The group told the BBC that they had previously worked with the Israeli military to gain assurances that they could safely retrieve Hind. Those alleged agreements were reportedly not kept.
Nibal Farsakh, a spokesperson for the PRCS, told the BBC that their paramedics were able to see the spot where Hind was trapped, but there was non-stop gunfire making a rescue impossible.
Hind’s mother also calls for responsibility for Israel.
“Anyone who heard my voice and the pleading voice of my daughter, but did not save her, I will question before God on the Day of Judgment,” she told the BBC. “Netanyahu, Biden and all those who worked together against us, against Gaza and its people, I pray to them from the bottom of my heart.”
Israel has not released an official statement about Hind, her family or the deaths of the paramedics.
The independent has requested comment.
In the past, Israel has accused the Palestinians of using ambulances to transport weapons and fighters and hospitals as shelters. This has allowed the Israeli military to justify attacks that would typically be considered war crimes under International Criminal Court standards.