Thursday, 21 November 2019

Palestinian woman Talya Thabet teaches a dog obedience commands in the central Gaza Strip October 16, 2019. Picture taken October 16, 2019. Palestinians in Gaza are increasingly turning to domestic pets for emotional comfort from the harsh realities of the economically-depressed enclave but the growing animal population is stretching ill-equipped veterinarian facilities. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian vet Imad Morad treats a cat at his clinic in Gaza City October 7, 2019. Picture taken October 7, 2019. Some 130 veterinarians work in Gaza but the lack of animal hospitals means most have to turn to regular medical facilities and even to Israel to help care for ailing pets. At Imad Morad's veterinary clinic, shelves are filled with pet food and medicine and his equipment includes an ultrasound machine. But for further care, he depends on human medical facilities. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A cat is seen inside a cardboard box as it is brought by its owners to receive treatment at the clinic of a Palestinian vet Imad Morad, in Gaza City October 7, 2019. Picture taken October 7, 2019. In some rare cases, cats have been sent for treatment in Israel, which maintains tight restrictions along its border with the Islamist Hamas-run territory. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian boy Youssef Sabbah, 12, carries his family cat after it was treated at the clinic of a Palestinian vet Imad Morad, in Gaza City October 7, 2019. Picture taken October 7, 2019. Unlike cats, dogs are considered unclean in Islam and are usually kept outside, but there is no ban on them. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian woman Talya Thabet teaches a dog obedience commands in the central Gaza Strip October 16, 2019. Picture taken October 16, 2019. Dog ownership, however, is becoming more popular and pet food is increasingly available in shops. Owners walking their dogs on Gaza's streets are now a common sight. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A girl looks on as cats sit on a sofa inside the house of a Palestinian man Saeed el-Aer, who looks after abandoned cats, in the central Gaza Strip October 10, 2019. Picture taken October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem