They Even Shot The Zoo Animals

There are virtually no animals left alive in Gaza zoo. It wasn’t much of a place before the Israeli soldiers came, but it was somewhere for the kids to go on a Sunday. God knows, there was little else for them to do, even before the war.

Apart from the zoo, the complex housed a children’s library, a playground, and a cultural center.


There was not a single person in this zoo. Just the animals. We all fled before they came. What purpose does it serve to walk around shooting animals and destroying the place?” ~ Gaza zookeeper Emad Jameel Qasim.

According to Gulfnews:[1]

Inside the main building, soldiers defaced the walls, ripped out one of the toilets and removed all of the hard drives from the office computers. We asked him [Qasim] why they targeted the zoo. He laughs. “I don’t know. You have to go and ask the Israelis. This is a place where people come to relax and enjoy themselves. It’s not a place of politics.”

Most of the animals were shot at point blank range.

Presumably, to provide the Israeli military with a little amusement.

[1] “Israeli troops shot and killed zoo animals” Gulfnews, January 25th 2009
My thanks to “Gorilla’s Guides for the Gulfnews link.

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2 Replies to “They Even Shot The Zoo Animals”

  1. Human depravity at its worst, RJA. It is atrocities like this that make me cry. Helpless animals. Trapped. Like the children they so cheerfully slaughtered.
    There’s not a shred of decency left in the whole scenario. Thanks for writing about it.

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