A cat sanctuary, where animals and children found refuge in the war-torn Syrian city, has reportedly been bombed.
The sanctuary is also the home of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, known as the “the cat man of Aleppo.”
Aljaleel, a former electrician who is now an ambulance driver, cares for nearly 200 cats — many of whom were left behind by families fleeing violence.
Alessandra Abidin, who communicates on behalf of the cat sanctuary, told Shelter Me that Aljaleel and his family are safe.
She said a playground that Aljaleel put up for local children is also still standing.
Excuse us today we can not show you the cats,because ……
ladies and gentlemen, this is our home of Ernesto cats today. pic.twitter.com/XiaVzAOH6x
— Il Gattaro D' Aleppo (@gattarodialeppo) November 16, 2016
Part of their house — also home to the sanctuary — was destroyed.
Two cats, and a dog named Hope, were killed in the bombings, she said. (Graphic photos can be seen in the Il gattaro D’aleppo Facebook group.)
On Wednesday, the day after the bombings, Abidin said, Aljaleel was out taking care of those who survived.
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