Body of six-year-old Palestinian girl who pleaded to be rescued found in Gaza

The body of a six-year-old Palestinian girl who had begged rescuers to send help after being trapped by Israeli fire has been discovered in Gaza.

Family members and two rescue workers dispatched earlier to help, found Hind Rajab’s body along with those of her uncle and aunt and their three children still in a car near a roundabout in the Tel al-Hawa suburb of Gaza City, the official Palestinian Wafa news agency reported.

Another of Hind’s uncles, Sameeh Hamadeh, said the car was peppered with bullet holes.

The plight of Hind, revealed in harrowing audio clips of her terrified conversation with rescue workers 12 days ago, underlined the impossible conditions for civilians in the face of Israel’s four-month assault on Gaza.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society accused Israel of deliberately targeting the ambulance it sent to rescue Hind after she had spent hours on the phone to dispatchers begging for help with the sound of shooting echoing around.

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

During the course of the war, the Israeli military has said it takes steps to avoid civilian casualties. It has faced strong international criticism over the toll of dead and injured.

The audio clips released by the Red Crescent earlier this month recorded a call to dispatchers that was first made by Hind’s teenage cousin Layan Hamadeh, saying an Israeli tank was approaching before shots rang out and she screamed.

Believed to be the only survivor, Hind stayed on the line for three hours with dispatchers, who tried to soothe her as they prepared to send an ambulance.

“Come and get me,” Hind was heard crying desperately in another audio recording. “I’m so scared, please come.”

After deciding it was safe to approach the area, the dispatchers sent an ambulance with two crew, Youssef Zeino and Ahmed al-Madhoun.

Contact was soon lost with both the ambulance team and Hind, leaving their families, colleagues and many around the world concerned about their fate.

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