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This Syrian Sanctuary Houses Over 1,000 Cats Stranded by the War, See Photos

When Syria's war forced Alaa al-Jaleel to close his cat sanctuary in Aleppo in 2015 and head north to the rebel stronghold of Idlib, he took around 100 animals with him and reopened it there.

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 When Syria's war forced Alaa al-Jaleel to close his cat sanctuary in Aleppo in 2015 and head north to the rebel stronghold of Idlib, he took around 100 animals with him and reopened it there. Now his successors at Ernesto's Sanctuary care for more than 1,000 - and feeding time tends to be loud and chaotic.<br />

When Syria's war forced Alaa al-Jaleel to close his cat sanctuary in Aleppo in 2015 and head north to the rebel stronghold of Idlib, he took around 100 animals with him and reopened it there. Now his successors at Ernesto's Sanctuary care for more than 1,000 - and feeding time tends to be loud and chaotic.

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 " title=" "Most of the animals are injured because of the war and because their owners had to leave them when they left their homes. We gave (the cats) shelter, medical care and food," its current manager, Mohamad Wattar, said.
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"Most of the animals are injured because of the war and because their owners had to leave them when they left their homes. We gave (the cats) shelter, medical care and food," its current manager, Mohamad Wattar, said.

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 Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28, 2021. Picture taken March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi<br />

Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28, 2021. Picture taken March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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 Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28, 2021. Picture taken March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi<br />

Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28, 2021. Picture taken March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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 Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28, 2021. Picture taken March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi<br />

Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28, 2021. Picture taken March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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 Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28, 2021. Picture taken March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi<br />

Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28, 2021. Picture taken March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

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 Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28, 2021. Picture taken March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi<br />

Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28, 2021. Picture taken March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

  • First Published: April 2, 2021, 11:00 am

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