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Lions stranded in Gaza cross border

Published 05/07/2015

Palestinians gather around Mona. (AP)
Palestinians gather around Mona. (AP)

Two young lions stranded in Gaza for the weekend have left the territory ruled by the militant group Hamas and are en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan.

Amir Khalil of British charity Four Paws International said they left Gaza and are travelling through Israel to Jordan.

A Gaza family bought the lions when they were cubs from a local zoo that was damaged in last year's war between Hamas and Israel. The family kept Mona and Max in their small home in a crowded refugee camp.

Israel said the lions and their entourage showed up at the border crossing out of the blue after it closed on Friday, without prior co-ordination or preparations.

The lions and their handlers checked into a Gaza hotel until the crossing reopened.

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