On a tragic day in Gaza, 6-year-old Hind Rajab’s cries for help went unheard as she was trapped by a flood of fire among the corpses of her loved ones. The Palestinian girl was found dead on Saturday after being unable to escape the violence of the fighting that had claimed the lives of many of her family members.
Nearly two weeks before her death, Hind and some of her family members had tried to flee the violence in a vehicle. However, their attempts were thwarted when Israeli Defense Forces tanks stopped them, and the family claims that the tanks opened fire, resulting in the deaths of all occupants except for Hind. Trapped in the car, Hind managed to contact relatives by telephone while she was injured and surrounded by gunfire during an Israeli operation in Gaza City.
Desperate to be rescued, Hind pleaded with the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) for help. However, her calls were met with gunfire before she went silent. Ultimately, the little girl, along with several members of her family, was found dead in the car near a gas station in Tel al-Hawa neighborhood after Israeli tanks withdrew at dawn. The PRCS accused Israel of deliberately targeting Hind and rescuers sent to aid her, while Israel did not respond to these accusations.
This tragedy highlights just one example of how devastating conflicts can be on innocent children like Hind Rajab. The war that began after an attack on Israeli soil by Hamas has resulted in high death tolls on both sides and has left thousands of children injured or displaced. Unicef reports that many more children lack basic necessities such as water, food and medicine due to conflict-related reasons.
As Hindu’s family and Palestinian authorities call for an investigation into her death