Six-year-old Gaza girl found dead days after pleading for help


Hind initially survived the shooting and managed to talk to her family by telephone and make an emergency call, which the Red Crescent published on Feb 3.

“For over three hours, Hind desperately pleaded for rescue from the occupation (Israeli) tanks surrounding her, enduring gunfire and the horror of being alone, trapped among the bodies of her relatives shot by the Israeli forces in front of her eyes,” it added.

Nothing more was then heard from the young girl, even as the ambulance was sent to get her, the organisation said. Her grandfather said she was wounded in the back, hand and foot.

“She was frightened, terrified,” he told AFP, sobbing. “Hind is my first grandchild, she’s a piece of my heart.”

There was no comment from the Israeli army when contacted by AFP.

The war in Gaza was sparked by Hamas’s unprecedented Oct 7 attack on Israel, which resulted in the deaths of about 1,160 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official figures.

Vowing to eliminate Hamas, Israel launched a massive military offensive in Gaza that the health ministry says has killed some 28,000 people, mostly women and children.

UNICEF said on Wednesday that children in Gaza need “life-saving support” as the hostilities were having a “catastrophic impact”.

Half of the estimated 1.7 million people displaced in Gaza are children.

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