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

Six-year-old Hind Rajab
Six-year-old Hind Rajab
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Six-year-old Hind Rajab pleaded to be rescued, after her family's car came under fire in war-ravaged Gaza City, leaving her alone, frightened and injured, surrounded by the bodies of her dead relatives.


"I am so scared," she had said in a desperate phone call to the Palestine Red Crescent Society.


"Call someone to come get me, please." But after more than two weeks of frantic efforts to reach her, Hind's body was recovered on Saturday, alongside relatives and two PRCS rescue workers sent to find her.


The aid agency and the health ministry in the Gaza Strip confirmed the grim discovery and blamed Israeli forces.


Hamas urged human rights groups and the international community to document what it called a "horrific crime".


Hind's highly publicized case comes as aid agencies warn that children and families are bearing the brunt of Israel's war with Hamas. Children are dying "at an alarming rate" in Gaza, the UN children's agency UNICEF said.


Thousands have been killed and many more injured, with others at risk because of lack of food, water, and medicine, the UN children's agency UNICEF said.


Hind was last heard from after becoming trapped in the family's vehicle with other relatives as they tried to flee Gaza City from an Israel advance.


"Hind and everyone else in the car is martyred," the girl's grandfather, Baha Hamada, told AFP on Saturday.


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