Alone, injured and stuck in the middle of the shooting and the corpses of her loved ones, she had called in vain for help, before the silence: Hind Rajab, a 6-year-old Palestinian, was found dead this Saturday, February 10 in Gaza, killed by the Israeli army according to his family and Hamas.
Her disappearance almost two weeks ago, and her poignant calls recorded by emergency services during the hours she survived in a car, in the middle of an Israeli operation in Gaza City, had been widely relayed on social networks.
The remains of Hind and several members of his family were found Saturday morning in the car near a gas station in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood, after Israeli tanks left the area at dawn, the media announced. AFP his family, who accused the Israelis of having killed them.
Rescuers sent to save her found dead
The bodies of the two Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) rescuers who had been sent to rescue her were also found on Saturday morning, in their ambulance, a few meters away, the PRCS said in a press release.
“Hind and everyone in the car were killed,” his grandfather, Baha Hamada, told AFP.
“They were found by members of (our) family who went looking for the car and found it near the gas station,” an area previously inaccessible due to the Israeli military presence, he said. he explained.
“Hind Rajab was killed by the (Israeli) occupying forces along with everyone who was with her in a car,” the Hamas Health Ministry confirmed in a statement. Hamas then called in another statement “human rights institutions and the United Nations to investigate this heinous crime.”
Hind’s mother, Wissam Hamada, interviewed by AFP, denounced “the disbelievers Netanyahu, Biden and all those who conspired against Gaza and its population”, saying she wanted to question them “before God on this day when my daughter launched calls for help (…) without anyone coming to his aid.”
“Come get me”
The girl’s family told AFP this week that Hind and other members of her family were trying to flee fighting in Gaza City when their car came face to face with Israeli tanks, which reportedly opened the door. fire.
Hind had initially survived, and had his family on the phone, while everyone else in the car was dead.
The PRCS had confirmed that a switchboard operator had spoken to Hind on the phone, then heard the sound of gunfire. In a recording he released, we hear the little girl’s voice begging: “Come (…) get me”, “I’m so scared, please come”.
“For more than three hours, the little girl desperately implored our teams to come and save her from the (Israeli) tanks surrounding her, suffering the shooting and the horror of being alone, prisoner among the bodies of her loved ones killed by Israeli forces,” added the Red Crescent.
Hind had also spoken to his grandfather on the phone. “She was terrified and she had injuries to her back, hand and foot,” the latter told AFP.
After these calls, no one heard from her again, nor did the paramedics sent to rescue her.
“Thousands of children” killed
The PRCS accused “the occupying forces” (Israeli) of having “deliberately targeted” the rescuers “even though their ambulance had been authorized to go there” to rescue her. He then posted photos of the charred ambulance on social media. The Israeli army did not respond to AFP’s questions on the subject.
The war broke out on October 7 after an unprecedented attack carried out on Israeli soil by Hamas commandos infiltrated from Gazawhich led to the death of more than 1,160 people, the majority civilians, according to an AFP count based on official Israeli data.
In response, Israel launched a military offensive which left more than 28,000 dead in the Gaza Strip, the vast majority civilians, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health.
According to Unicef, “thousands of children were killed and thousands more injured.”
Half of the estimated 1.7 million displaced people in Gaza are children, whose “houses have been destroyed”, “families torn apart” and who notably lack “water, food and medicine”, according to the agency. UN.