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Smuggled Animals That Tragically Starved To ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ Are Still On Display At The Khan Younis Zoo In Gaza

The ongoing ᴄᴏɴғʟɪᴄᴛ between Israel and Palestine is a very complicate and divisive issue. Both sides are ғɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ for what they believe to be their rightful land. Israelis and Palestinians alike have suffered tragedy and loss

Both sides have used methods of ᴡᴀʀғᴀʀᴇ that are considered borderline at best. You can’t go very long without hearing about one side or the other launching some sort of ᴏғғᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ into the others territory.

This was the case in 2008, when Israel launched an ᴏғғᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ against the militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. However, not all the ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍs of this ᴏғғᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ were humans. Check out the ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ story of the Khan Younis Zoo below.

This is Mohammed Awaida, he founded the South Forest Park in 2007 in the Gaza Strip.

In December of 2008, Israel launched an ᴏғғᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ against Hamas, the militant group that controls and governs the Gaza Strip.

In December of 2008, Israel launched an ᴏғғᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ against Hamas, the militant group that controls and governs the Gaza Strip.

To Mohammed and his workers dismay, many animals díєd of sᴛᴀʀᴠᴀᴛɪᴏɴ and neglect without the workers there to care for them.

When the ғɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ had díєd down however, Mohammed was able to return to the zoo in an attempt to repopulate it.

Unfortunately, the fates weren’t smiling on Mohammed.

In the summer of 2014, the ғɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ between Israel and Hamas escalated once again. Mohammed was faced with the same horrifying situation all over again.

Once again, dozens of animals paid the price of humans waging ᴡᴀʀ against each other.

The weird thing is that instead of disposing of the dєαd animals, the zoo will embalm them and put them back on display inside their cages!

At this point, the dєαd animals are almost starting to outnumber the living.

Without any government body that oversees zoos in the area, and no animal rights movement in the area, these animals did not lead the best lives even when they were living.

The zoo is practically unsupervised even when there is no ғɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ going on.

There is no actual zoo keeper on the grounds, and any medical treatment that needs to be administered is done by consulting veterinarians in Egypt over the phone.

It’s extremely sad that these animals díєd in one of the most ᴘᴀɪɴғᴜʟ ways. sᴛᴀʀᴠᴀᴛɪᴏɴ and dehydration are some of the most ᴘᴀɪɴғᴜʟ ways to díє from what I am told, and I assume that is no different for animals. There are 5 zoos total in the Gaza Strip, and this story really makes me wonder how the animals in those places are treated. With everything that is going on between the two groups, it’s hard to believe that the other animal’s living conditions could be much better. Something definitely needs to be done to make sure these animals are protected.