The body of six-year-old Palestinian girl, Hind Rajab, missing for 12 days following an Israeli tank attack on their family car in Gaza, was discovered along with the bodies of two medics dispatched to search for them.
Confirming the tragic outcome, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and Hind's family revealed that all seven occupants of the car, including Hind, were killed in the attack.
The PRCS reported the loss of crew members Yusuf Zeino and Ahmed al-Madhoun, highlighting the deliberate targeting of their ambulance by Israeli forces.
Hind's uncle, Sameeh Hamadeh, described the car as riddled with bullet holes, indicating the severity of the attack.
Despite coordinated efforts to allow the ambulance access to rescue Hind, Israeli forces targeted the PRCS ambulance crew, exacerbating the tragedy.
Reports by the PRCS captured Hind's desperate pleas for help as she remained trapped in the car with the lifeless bodies of her family members, underscoring the unimaginable terror she endured.
“I’m so scared, please come. Please call someone to come and take me,” she was heard crying desperately in the call that PRCS said lasted three hours in an effort to calm the frightened child.
Al Jazeera added that Hind’s mother said she had managed to speak to her and an older cousin, 15-year-old Layan Hamadeh, who was with Hind in the car.
“They are shooting at us. The tank is next to us,” Layan said in a recording released at the time.
Then a barrage of shooting was heard, followed by screams, before the line cut out.