In the call that the Palestinian ambulance service in the Gaza Strip managed to make to Layan Hamada15 years old, you hear two things: the teenager saying that they are inside a car very close to a tankand shortly after, the dull roar of shrapnel Accompanied by Screams.
Layan, along with are prima Hinda petite girl of only six yearswere the only survivors of a previous attack by Israeli artillery that same January 29, in which the rest of the passengers of the vehicle -Layan's parents and his four brothers- They had died.
When the Palestinian Red Crescent contacted the same number again, a spokesperson for the organization explained to EFE, It was little Hind who answered; surrounded by the lifeless bodies of her relatives.
“She was afraid, she begged us to go look for her, to please go look for her. Maybe she said it a hundred times in the three hours we talked“, explains Nebal Farkash, spokesperson for the group, to EFE.
An Israeli tank near southern Gaza. Photo: Reuters
But moving in a Gaza bombed by Israel for more than 120 days not only entails extreme risk, but the transfer of an ambulance between closed military zones requires authorization from the Israeli Army, which can take hours.
The vehicle was located near the Al Azhar University campus, according to the minority Israeli newspaper Haaretz, which questions in an article the consequences of stories like Hind's, which show “human beings (in Gaza) fighting to survive”are not shown on Israeli television or press.
More than three hours later, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah informed them that they could go out in search of the girlafter coordinating a safe route with COGAT, a branch of the Israeli Ministry of Defense that operates in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“Once we received the green light, our paramedics went to the scenewhere they confirmed that they could see the car where Hind was,” Farkash continues, “but then we lost the (telephone) connection to both Hind and the ambulance, and all we heard were gunshots around us.”
Nine days have already passed since the girl, along with seven relatives, left her neighborhood in Gaza City, a northern area of the enclave almost completely decimated, including hospitals, in the Israeli war offensive by land, sea and air.
Where is Hind?
Since then, Nobody knows anything about Hind's whereabouts.but nor that of Yousef Zeino or Ahmed al Madhoun, the two paramedics who came to his aid.
“We don't know if they are still alive or not, if they have been arrested, we have many questions and we need answers to our questions,” insists Farkash, aware of the risk they run.
In Gaza, more than 11,000 children have already died. Photo: Mahmud HAMS / AFP
Since last October 8, at least eleven employees of the Palestinian Red Crescent have been killed doing their jobsFarkash laments, while the hospitals in which they operate, and where thousands of Gazans take refuge, have been the direct weakness of the artillery.
11 thousand dead boys
On February 2, a worker was killed by Israeli gunfire when she was preparing to help two wounded people at the Al Amal Hospital, in Khan Yunis (south), surrounded by military forces for 17 days, and according to the organization, which 8,000 displaced people have been forcibly evacuated.
In this context, as the minutes, hours go by; The chances of finding Yousef, Admed or Hind alive decreasein a Gaza without safe roads and densely populated where more than 11,000 children have already died.