Thousands of children have died due to the conflict, and one of the tragic cases was that of Hind Rajab, a 6-year-old Palestinian girl. This particular tragedy has garnered widespread attention with the mention of her death by an American diplomatic spokesperson. While information has been limited, the details of Hind’s death and the subsequent investigation demanded by Washington have been widely reported. The circumstances of Hind’s death and her desperate plea for help from the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) have deeply touched people across the globe.
Hind Rajab found herself stranded amidst gunshots and surrounded by the corpses of her loved ones in a car with her uncle. She made a desperate call to the PRCS pleading for help as she was alone and terrified. Despite being injured, scared, and alone, she managed to stay on the phone with the PRCS teams for hours while they tried to coordinate safe access for an ambulance to rescue her.
Hind and her family’s vehicle had been stopped by IDF tanks, and Israeli soldiers opened fire. According to her family, Hind was the only survivor of the attack. Despite her pleas for help, she alone had to endure hours of suffering until her lifeless body was found near a gas station in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza by members of her family. The bodies of the two rescuers sent by the PRCS, Youssef Zeino and Ahmed Al-Madhoun, were also discovered near the scene, leading to accusations against the IDF for deliberately targeting them.
The tragedy endured by Hind Rajab showcases the suffering and horror experienced by the Palestinian population in the midst of war. The international community was deeply affected, leading to Washington demanding an investigation from Israel. The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, echoed the need for answers and an investigation into the events surrounding Hind’s death.