On Saturday, relatives found the body of a six-year-old Palestinian girl who pleaded with rescuers from the Gaza Strip on the phone to save her, Reuters reported. Two weeks earlier, the car in which the girl and her family evacuated came under fire. They all died. Two paramedics who were sent to the scene to help the six-year-old also died. The Palestinian Red Crescent accuses Israel of deliberately shooting at the ambulance. The Israeli military did not respond to these allegations.
The tragedy took place on January 29. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, when Hind, her uncle, aunt and cousins tried to escape from approaching Israeli forces, their car came under fire. Trapped in a shelled vehicle and surrounded by the bodies of dead relatives, the six-year-old spent three hours on the phone with a Red Crescent dispatcher. At some point the connection was disconnected.
Hind’s family said she was found dead in a car in the Tel al-Hawa district of Gaza City on Saturday morning.
– The child and everyone in the car were found killed by the Israeli army near a gas station after about two weeks, said Khader Al Za’anoun, a Palestinian journalist working for CNN who spoke to the girl’s grandfather.
The ambulance didn’t arrive
The Red Crescent sent an ambulance for the girl, but it did not arrive. Nebal Farsakh, spokesman for the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), said an ambulance with the dead rescuers who were rushing to rescue Hind was found a few meters from the car in which the girl was. – We have very clear red cross emblems on all our ambulances – he emphasized. PRCS accused Israel of deliberately shooting at the ambulance. “The occupiers consciously targeted the Red Crescent team despite prior arrangements that allowed an ambulance to arrive at the scene and save Hind,” the statement said.
PCRS published a photo of a burned ambulance. The recording published by Al Jazeera shows that the ambulance was only a few meters from the bullet-riddled car in which the six-year-old was traveling with her family.
Israel has repeatedly accused Hamas of using ambulances to transport weapons and fighters.
“You will answer to God on the Day of Judgment”
Before her body was found, Hind’s mother told the BBC that she was waiting for her daughter “every moment, every second.” Now she demands that someone be held responsible for her death.
“Every person who heard my voice and the pleading voice of my daughter and yet did not save her will answer to God on Judgment Day,” she told the BBC.
– How many more mothers will experience such pain? How many more children do you want to kill? – she asked the Prime Minister of Israel.
Main photo source: Palestine Red Crescent Society/Reuters