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NGO to start rescue operation at Gaza zoo

Scores of animals have been killed in the conflict and the zoo has been almost completely destroyed.

Animals are suffering in the Gaza zoo. Picture: CNN

JOHANNESBURG - International animal welfare organisation, Four Paws, says it hopes it will be allowed into Gaza this morning to start a rescue operation at the region's zoo.

Scores of animals have been killed in the conflict and the zoo has been almost completely destroyed.

The organisation's Dr Amir Khalil is leading the operation to the conflict stricken area.

He says they have acquired all the necessary permits to transport the animals which include three lions and a crocodile.

Khalil says the team hopes to get the animals across the border to Jordan safely.

"I hope we will be able to have access to the animals so we can treat them. If we have money we hope to rehabilitate the zoo."

Video: Zoo animals suffer in Gaza.

Meanwhile, lobby group BDS South Africa says it will step up its campaign to boycott Woolworths.

Yesterday many took to social media posting pictures of themselves picketing outside Woolworths stores nationwide.

The group believes the retail store shows support for Israel through its funding and supplies both of which it claims come from the country.

The group's Muhammed Desai said, "We're calling on the public to be creative and use the strategies used in the anti-apartheid in the 80s so we can bring attention to Woolworth's trade relationship with Israel."

Most people on Twitter supported the Woolworths boycott:

RIGHT NOW #BoycottWoolworths Flashmob in @WOOLWORTHS_SA Rosebank pic.twitter.com/Po9rgMFZHp

Well done to @BDSsouthafrica friends and comrades for a creative protest at @WOOLWORTHS_SA store @RosebankTheZone https://t.co/wBIMzYd8tz

The Anti-Israeli Protest that took place today at the Woolworths in Rosebank Mall is of a good course. The (cont) http://t.co/tH1SERurGo