Syrian clerics plead for aid after fatwa allows consumption of dogs, cats

After several fatwas permitted Syrians to eat dogs and cats, clerics from southern Damascus reiterated their plea for foreign aid in a video aired Monday on Al Arabiya News Channel.

“How does the world sleep with full stomachs while there are hungry people, and not far from the main city [Damascus], just few meters way,” a leading imam said in a statement.

“Haven’t you heard the fatwas (religious edicts) that have filled our streets and mosques by permitting people to eat cats, dogs and other animals that have already been killed by the bomb attacks?” the imam said.

President Bashar Assad’s regime has tightened its siege on southern Damascus, preventing the entry of food and relief items.

“Are you waiting for us to eat the flesh of our martyrs and our dead after fearing our lives?” the imam begged. “You have forgot that you have brothers and sisters in southern Damascus who are hungry.”

The fatwas allowing consumption of domesticated animals has also been issued by an imam in the Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, according to Asharq al-Awsat. Last year, a similar fatwa was issued in the city of Homs allowing the consumption of cats, dogs and donkeys, Al Arabiya reported.

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