The only animal shelter in Gaza housed 200 dogs before the outbreak of hostilities between israel and Hamas, which controls the enclave. Heavy airstrikes scared half of them away, only 60 of which were found later. Many had been wounded.
Although hostilities with israel ended more than a month ago, Saeed Al-Err, a 50-year-old father of eight from al-Zahra, a municipality in the Gaza Strip, is still struggling to rehabilitate what had been damaged in the process.
Traumas of War
Al-Err leads Gaza’s only shelter for stray animals — Sulala Animal Rescue — and even though it hasn’t been destroyed in the last round of confrontation between Israel and Hamas that controls the enclave, its pets suffered a trauma that has no ready cure.
During the eleven days of fighting that erupted following the launch of a barrage of rockets into Israeli territory, IDF jets bombarded more than 1,800 residential buildings. They have also destroyed roads, police stations, medical and educational institutions and a number of mosques, claiming these were used by Hamas for their terror activities.
Together with his five sons and 25 volunteers, Al-Err managed to locate 60 of the dogs that had run away unable to cope with the loud explosions. Many were wounded during the hostilities. Forty are still missing and chances are high that they will need medical treatment too.
Assistance Out of Reach
To help those pets, Al-Err will need funds…