GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – A world welfare group is evacuating dozens of animals languishing in a ramshackle Gaza zoo to sanctuaries overseas.
Vets and volunteers from 4 Paws Worldwide loaded some 40 animals and birds Sunday and headed to the Israeli border contained all by the northern Gaza Strip en path to resettlement in Jordan and Africa.
The rescued animals embody lions, foxes, monkeys and pelicans.
It marks the fourth and largest Gaza rescue mission by the Vienna-based group since Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on the Palestinian enclave in 2007.
The blockade and three wars between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers have made life dire for Gaza’s 2 million residents, to not diploma out its animals who had been already mistreated.
Some died of chilly and starvation in makeshift zoos as keepers failed to offer ample care.