gaza rescuers go missing on mission to save a girl trapped in a car

The Palestine Red Crescent said the girl, named Hind, was in a car in northern Gaza with six of her relatives who were all killed by Israeli fire. She was the sole survivor.

The post by the Palestine Red Crescent was a haunting plea, hoping to learn the fate of three people not heard from for five days.

“Where is Hind? Where are Ahmed and Yousef? We need to know,” it said.

Two of the group’s rescuers were dispatched on Monday to find 6-year-old Hind Rajab, believed to be trapped in a vehicle in northern Gaza with a number of dead family members.

The Red Crescent said one of its workers had spoken extensively by phone with Hind on Monday and that it believed that all six of her relatives inside the vehicle with her had been killed that same day by Israeli fire.

The Israeli military said it was not aware of the incident.

The Red Crescent said in a statement on Saturday evening, “118 hours have passed, and the fate of the PRCS ambulance team, Yousef Zeino and Ahmed al Madhoun, who went to rescue the 6-year-old girl, Hind, remains unknown.”

It was the latest in a series of desperate posts the aid organization has put out daily since the rescuers went missing, counting the hours since their disappearance in an effort to draw attention to the plight of all three.

The Red Crescent said a response coordinator, Rana al-Faqeh, had spoken to Hind for more than three hours on Monday afternoon, trying to soothe the frightened child.

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