Hind Rajab, a 6-year-old Palestinian girl missing for nearly two weeks amid fighting in Gaza City, was found dead along with other members of her family, Hamas and her family announced Saturday, accusing the forces Israelis for having killed them.
Two Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) rescuers who had been sent to rescue Hind and his relatives were also found dead nearby, the PRCS announced, accusing the Israelis of “deliberately” killing them.
The remains of Hind and his relatives were found Saturday morning in a car near a gas station in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood, after Israeli tanks withdrew from the area at dawn, the media reported. ‘AFP his family.
Found “near a gas station”
“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 explains.
“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.
A phone call, then shots
Her family told AFP this week that the girl and other family members were driving through Gaza City when they encountered tanks that apparently opened fire on them.
Hind initially survived, as evidenced by a phone call to his family, while everyone else in the car was dead. The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed that a switchboard operator had spoken to Hind on the phone, then heard the sound of gunfire.
Since then, no one had heard from the little girl, nor from the PRCS ambulance sent to rescue her that day.
The bodies of the rescuers also found
The PRCS ambulance and the bodies of the two rescuers were also discovered on Saturday morning, a few meters from the car where the little girl Hind was, the PRCS said in a press release.
“While their ambulance had been authorized to go there to rescue little Hind, the (Israeli) occupying forces deliberately targeted the Red Crescent team,” denounced the PRCS. The Israeli army, for its part, did not respond to AFP’s questions about the shooting of a car full of civilians, nor about the fate of the rescuers.
The war broke out on October 7 after an unprecedented attack carried out on Israeli soil by Hamas commandos infiltrated from Gaza, which resulted in the death of more than 1,160 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP count. based on official Israeli data.
In response, Israel launched a military offensive which left nearly 28,000 dead in the Gaza Strip, the vast majority civilians, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health.