Body of Gaza girl, ambulance team trapped under Israeli fire found after 12 days | World News

Feb 10, 2024

Family members found the body of a 6 year old child on Saturday palestinian The girl who pleaded with the Gaza rescue team to send help trapped in Israeli military gunfire, along with the bodies of five of his family members and two ambulance workers who went to save him.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society accused Israel of deliberately targeting the ambulance sent to rescue Hind Rajab, after he had spent hours on the phone to dispatchers begging for help amid the sound of shooting echoing all around.
“The occupation deliberately targeted Red Crescent crews despite prior coordination to allow ambulances to reach the site to rescue Hind,” the Red Crescent said in a statement.
Israel's military did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the Red Crescent's statement.
Family members found Hind's body along with her uncle and aunt and their three children in a car near an intersection in the Tel al-Hawa suburb of Gaza City, the official Palestinian Wafa news agency reported.
Another of Hind's uncles, Sameh Hamadeh, said the car was riddled with bullets.
Hind's plight, revealed in harrowing audio clips of her terrified conversation with rescue workers 12 days ago, underlined the impossible conditions facing civilians in the face of Israel's four-month offensive on Gaza.
The war began on October 7 when Hamas fighters attacked Israel, killing 1,200 and capturing 253 hostages according to Israeli figures.
Israeli forces have since captured much of the tiny Palestinian territory and come under intense bombardment in the conflict, which has killed about 28,000 people, according to Gaza health officials.
During the war, the Israeli military has said it takes steps to avoid civilian casualties. It has faced strong international criticism over the number of dead and injured.
An audio clip released by the Red Crescent earlier this month recorded a call to dispatchers, first made by Hind's teenage cousin, Layan Hamadeh, saying that an Israeli tank was approaching before shots were fired. And she screamed.
Believed to be the sole survivor, Hind remained on the line for three hours with dispatchers, who tried to calm her down while preparing to dispatch 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 go to the area, dispatchers dispatched an ambulance with two crew, Youssef Zeno and Ahmed al-Madhoun.
Soon both lost contact ambulance team and Hind, leaving their families, colleagues and many people around the world worried about their fate.

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