Nearly two weeks before Hind Rajab’s tragic death, the 6-year-old Palestinian girl and her family had tried to flee the violence in Gaza. However, their attempts were halted when Israeli Defense Forces tanks stopped their vehicle. The tanks opened fire, resulting in the deaths of all occupants except for Hind, who was left trapped in the car.
Despite her injuries and the danger surrounding her, Hind managed to make contact with relatives by phone during an Israeli operation in Gaza City. She desperately pleaded with the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) for help, but her cries for rescue were met with gunfire before she went silent.
The little girl and several members of her family were eventually found dead near a gas station in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood after Israeli tanks withdrew from the area at dawn. The PRCS accused Israeli occupying forces of deliberately targeting Hind and those sent to save her, while the Israeli army did not respond to these accusations.
Hind’s death is just one example of the devastating impact of the war that began after an attack on Israeli soil by Hamas, resulting in a high death toll on both sides. Thousands of children like Hind have been killed or injured in the conflict, and Unicef reports that many more have been displaced and lack basic necessities such as water, food, and medicine.
As Hind’s family and Palestinian authorities call for an investigation into the events leading to her death, people around the world are left grieving for another innocent victim of war.