- WARNING: CALMING CONTENT
- Hind Rajab was left in a car with the bodies of six family members
- The paramedics who tried to save her are also missing
Haunting audio recordings have been released showing a missing six-year-old girl in Gaza desperately calling for me from her family car after her relatives were killed.
Hind Rajab and the paramedics who tried to save her are missing after the child was left in a car along with the bodies of six family members.
Her mother's uncle, Basar Hamada, his wife Anam and their four children were killed after their black Kia Picanto came under fire on January 29, 2024. Hind was the only survivor.
During a phone call with the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS), she said her family had been killed by gunfire. She said, “I'm telling you, they're dead.” She later added, “The tank is next to me… it's coming towards me… it's very, very close.”
According to the Telegraph, Hind's family had tried to flee their neighborhood south after the Israeli military (IDF) ordered an evacuation.
It is believed the car stopped at a gas station for safety reasons after encountering Israeli tanks and coming under fire.
Hind Rajab (pictured) has not been seen since he was left in a car with the bodies of six family members
During a phone call with the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) on January 29, Hind said her family had been killed by gunfire
Israel says it has no knowledge of the incident, and the IDF told The Washington Post that it was “unfamiliar with the incident described.”
Hind's cousin Layan, 15, was in the car with her and was the first person contacted by the PRCS.
In an audio recording translated into English by the PCRS, she can be heard shouting: “They are shooting at us.” “The tank is next to me.”
The answering machine can be heard asking Layan if she is hiding before loud gunfire rings out and the phone switches off.
When the handler called back, Hind picked up PRCS coordinator Rana Alfaqeh and begged him to “come and get me.”
Ms Alfaqeh asked if Hind had tried to wake up her family, to which Hind replied: “I'm telling you, they are dead.”
The distressed little girl told PCRS staff that she was afraid of the dark and begged them to save her while speaking to them on the phone for three hours.
Dispatchers managed to transfer Hind's call to her mother, who was seeking refuge elsewhere in Gaza City. She told her, “I miss you, Mom.”
The paramedics lost contact with their colleagues after they arrived at the car around 6 p.m. and were taken away in an ambulance.
The organization has since released a series of requests for information about the rescue workers and Hind.
The distressed little girl told PCRS staff that she was afraid of the dark and begged them to save her while speaking to them on the phone for three hours
Layan had previously called her uncle, who lived in Frankfurt am Main, from the car and told him that they had been hit and that her parents and siblings were dead.
She told relative Mohammed Salem Hamada that she was bleeding and Hind was the only survivor, who in turn called the aid agency.
The PRCS located the car near Al-Azhar University and waited for IDF approval for the ambulance to enter a closed military zone.
Three hours after receiving the call, dispatchers said they had received permission to send medics to Hind, with maps provided by Israeli authorities.
Dispatchers said there was “heavy gunfire” as they approached the vehicle around 6 p.m.
Hind's mother told Al Jazeera that one of the last things Hind said to her was: “Don't leave me, mom.” I'm hungry. I'm injured.'
The PRCS called on the international community to put pressure on the IDF to account for the events.