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Gaza: Trapped zoo animals to be rescued

Four Paws says it’s hoping to be allowed into Gaza to begin a rescue operation at the local zoo.

Animals suffering in the Gaza Zoo. Picture: CNN

JOHANNEBURG - International Animal Welfare Organisation, Four Paws, says it's hoping to be allowed into Gaza this morning to begin a rescue operation at the local zoo.

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

The organisation's Doctor Amir Khalil is leading the rescue operation.

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

Khalil says they hope to get the animals across the border to Jordan safely.

"I hope we will be able to treat the animals and be able to assist the animals still at the zoo and to supply them with the needed food. And I hope if we have enough money we will be able to rehabilitate the zoo."