Starving Syrian rebels kill, eat lion from Damascus zoo

Starving Syrian rebels kill, eat lion from Damascus zoo

Starving Syrian rebels besieged in Damascus suburbs signalled their desperation yesterday by killing and eating a zoo’s lion.

Pictures of men butchering the visibly emaciated animal, said to have been taken from the Al-Qarya al-Shama Zoo, were widely disseminated on websites sympathetic to the rebels, although their authenticity could not be independently verified.

The Syrian Army’s siege of the eastern Ghouta districts of the city has lasted more than six months, with residents reporting acute food shortages and hardship with the onset of winter. The area was one of those in Damascus attacked with chemical weapons fired by the regime…

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