When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it’s no secret that the ongoing struggle has taken its toll on both sides of the border. Some of the lesser-known victims of the conflict were the helpless, innocent animals left behind at the Gaza Zoo during Israel’s 2014 offensive against the territory.

Below is a photo of Mohammed Awada.


Awada spent most of his fortune opening the zoo in 2007. Later that year, Israel launched another wave of attacks, and workers were prevented from entering the zoo to care for the animals. It happened again in 2014, and almost 100 animals died in their cages from neglect.