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Israeli siege keeps medication from Gaza's horses

The ongoing Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip prevents the entry of many medications needed to treat animals, particularly horses, that also suffer from Israel’s repeated wars on the enclave.
Youths rear their horses as they ride during stormy weather along a beach by the Mediterranean Sea in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Dec. 8, 2021.

In the besieged Gaza Strip, residents are not the only ones enduring difficult psychological conditions caused by Israel’s repeated bombings. Animals, including horses, are also suffering and manifesting post-traumatic stress symptoms. The Israeli siege imposed on Gaza for more than 13 years has prevented the entry of medicines intended for animal treatment of various disorders and diseases.

The bad psychological situation of animals in the Gaza Strip has caused many lionesses, for instance, to refuse to nurse their cubs. In June 2015, Nama’a Zoo in northern Gaza turned to a dog, a mother of eight puppies, to nurse the lion cub abandoned by his mother.

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