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Animals rescued from Gaza Strip zoo

Five lions, a hyena and several monkeys were among dozens of animals rescued from a dilapidated zoo in the south of Gaza on Sunday, April 7, an animal welfare group said. Four Paws said 47 animals were successfully removed from the zoo in the Palestinian city of Rafah over the weekend. Most animals were taken to Jordanian wildlife sanctuaries and two of the lions were due to fly to South Africa on April 8. The rescue operation had initially been planned for late March, the organisation said, but had to be rescheduled due to escalating hostilities in Gaza. “The intensive work of the last weeks has brought our team to its limits," said Four Paws head of mission Amir Khalil. “To examine and load almost 50 animals in just a few days was a huge challenge.” The rescued animals also included wolves, porcupines, foxes, cats, dogs, emus, ostriches and squirrels. Credit: Four Paws via Storyful
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