Imagine your family is brutally murdered in front of you. Their only crime was they were fleeing from harm from people you don’t know. Imagine you being so scared and you’re begging for help. This was what 6 year old Palestinian child Rind Hajab endured before she was brutally murdered by Israeli forces.
“I’m so scared, please come. Please call someone to come and take me,” she was heard crying desperately in the call that PRCS said lasted three hours in an effort to calm frightened Hind.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the family of the girl, Hind Rajab, confirmed on Saturday that all seven people inside the car were killed, with the Palestinian relief organisation saying it lost crew members Yusuf Zeino and Ahmed al-Madhoun in the Israeli attack on civilians in Gaza City.
Family members found Hind’s body along with those of her uncle and aunt and their three children near a roundabout in the city’s Tal al-Hawa suburb, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
Another of Hind’s uncles, Sameeh Hamadeh, said the car was peppered with bullet holes.
“The occupation deliberately targeted the ambulance upon its arrival at the scene, where it was found just metres away from the vehicle containing the trapped child Hind,” said the PRCS statement.
The most dangerous place in the world to be a child.
That devastating description is now being applied to Gaza by UNICEF as the true extent of the catastrophe of this war emerges.
That devastation is leading to one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time – where, for example, a nurse has had to perform emergency caesarean operations on six dead pregnant women to try to save their babies.
The horrors of Gaza are almost unspeakable. As difficult as all this is to read and to watch, the world mustn’t look away.
Rarely, if ever, have so many children been killed, injured, or orphaned as quickly as Israel is doing so in Gaza right now.
“The Gaza Strip is the most dangerous place in the world to be a child,” says UNICEF’s James Elder. “And day after day, that brutal reality is reinforced.”
Israel’s military has killed nearly 28,000 people – mostly women and children – since October 7
UNICEF’s James Elder said: “In my 20 years with UNICEF, travelling the world from one humanitarian crisis to the next, from famines to floods and war zones to refugee camps, I’ve simply never seen such devastation and despair as is happening in Gaza.”
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