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Israeli forces 'deliberately' targeted medics sent to rescue Palestinian girl: PRCS

Six-year-old Palestinian girl called Hind Rajab (Photo by AFP)

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in the Gaza Strip has said Israeli forces deliberately targeted the ambulance it sent to rescue a six-year-old Palestinian girl called Hind Rajab almost two weeks ago.

PRCS made the annoucement in a statement on Saturday, after Hind was found dead earlier in the day along with several of her relatives and two paramedics who tried to save her. She had gone missing after the family’s car came under Israeli fire in the Tal Al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City.

“The occupation deliberately targeted the Red Crescent crew despite prior coordination to allow the ambulance to arrive at the site to rescue Hind,” the group said.

On January 29, Hind was traveling in a car with her uncle Bahsar Hamada, his wife, and their four children, fleeing the brutal bombardment by the Israeli regime.

On their way, Hamada’s car was stopped by the Israeli military. The stoppage was followed by a shower of bullets at Hamada’s car, which killed him, his wife, and three of their children on the spot.

Layan Hamada, 15, survived with her cousin Hind. Layan was shot dead as she was speaking on the phone with the PRCS crew while Hind was still trapped inside the vehicle.

Around 6 pm local time, the PRCS team reached the area to rescue Hind who as per the last update remained trapped alone in a car with the dead bodies of her uncle, aunt, and cousins scattered around her.

The PRCS team had informed and coordinated with the Israeli authorities before dispatching an ambulance to the location but the NGO lost all contact with its crew after the team went to retrieve the girl.

Since then, demands for answers have been mounting over the fate of Hind and the PRCS medical workers.

Paramedics from the PRCS managed on Saturday to reach the area. They found the car Hind had been traveling in. Hind was among the six bodies found inside the car, all of which showed signs of gunfire and shelling.

A few meters away were the remains of another vehicle which the Red Crescent said was the ambulance sent to fetch Hind.

The Palestinian health ministry and the girl’s relatives confirmed the tragic news, blaming the Israeli regime for the killing.

Hind's blood to haunt Israel 

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said on Saturday that Hind’s blood will haunt the occupation, its criminal leaders and anyone complicit in committing genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza.

It emphasized that the Resistance “will not and cannot forsake their pure blood and will make the Zionist enemy and its tails and partners pay a heavy price.”

The Front further said that the blood of all those who have been martyred by the Israeli regime will turn into “an erupting volcano that will burn the occupation leaders.”

Israel waged its brutal war on besieged Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas carried out an unprecedented operation against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

So far, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 28,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children.

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