In the midst of devastation and violence, Hind Rajab’s voice for help went unheard. The 6-year-old Palestinian girl was found dead in Gaza on Saturday, after being unable to escape the conflict that had taken the lives of many of her family members.
Nearly two weeks before her death, Hind and some of her family members had attempted to flee the violence in a vehicle. However, their efforts were thwarted by Israeli Defense Forces tanks, who opened fire on the car, killing 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 the sound of gunfire before she went silent. Ultimately, the little girl and several members of her family were found dead in the car near a gas station in Tel al-Hawa neighborhood after Israeli tanks withdrew from the area at dawn. The PRCS accused Israel of deliberately targeting Hind and rescuers sent to aid her, but Israel did not respond to these accusations.
This tragedy is just one example of how this war has left thousands of children like Hind without hope or safety. Unicef reports that many more have been displaced and lack basic necessities such as water, food, and medicine. As Hindu’s family and Palestinian authorities call for an investigation into what led to her death, people around the world mourn another innocent victim lost due to war’s brutality