x Under the 27-month continual aggressions of ?#Bashar? al-?#Assad?’s forces against the civilians in ?#Syria?, the country’s economy has collapsed, stores are closed and food is scarce. Recently I have heard a rumor that Islamic scholars in besieged ?#Homs? have made a fatwa (a legal judgement) that it is halal (permissible according to Islamic law) to eat cat meat. Such an issue – if true – can be controversial among those who could not follow the news of the Syrian Revolution. Assad has been besieging the city of #Homs since May 2011. Since the the city has become a blighted city, where authorities regularly block deliveries of medicine, food and fuel to the inhabitants of certain districts. On July 12, 2013, Reuters reported that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said thousands of Syrian lives were at risk in the old city of Homs, where Assad’s forces have been pushing a heavy offensive with air and artillery strikes to try to retake rebel areas. In addition to crimes against humanity, Assad’s forces have been damaging historic sites such as one the most important preserved medieval castles in the world i.e. the Crusader castle of Krak des Chevaliers, and the Khalid ibn al-Walid Mosque (1265). Assad’s forces have killed more than 100,000 civilians so far. If all of the above do not count, I call on the ‘civilized’ international community, which has been unable to stop Assad’s massacres in syria, to at least save the lives of cats in my country. I bet they do not want to. July 15, 2013 ********** I have gathered few video’s showing animal treatment by the Assad forces and the anti-Assad local resistance fighters and the impact of the war on animals. Warning: Some videos graphic images September 14, 2011 Bashar al-Assad forces kill tens of donkeys (not sure of the place). http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qmExLLQNPRw&desktop_uri=/watch?v=qmExLLQNPRw —– March 28, 2012: An injured cat looks for food in besieged Homs, Syria. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VczckxMc0EI&desktop_uri=/watch?v=VczckxMc0EI —– August 14, 2012: Anti-Assad local resistance fighter treat a cat in a field clinic in besieged Homs, Syria. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2hDvq5bPQ3s&feature=related —– September 16, 2012: Assad forces had been besieging Homs city in Syria for 102 days. A cat eats grass because there is nothing left to eat. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2QeKI3TP_7I&desktop_uri=/watch?v=2QeKI3TP_7I —– September 21, 2012: Pictures of some pits with the anti-Assad ?#Syrian? resistance fighters in different areas in Syria http://www.albawaba.com/ar/slideshow/قطط-الجيش-الحر-443074 —– February 27, 2013: Local resistance fighters in ?#Lattakia? treat a cat at a field clinic. The cat had been injured with a shrapnel during the Assad forces shelling on Salma village, 48km northeastern Lattakia. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6kSG3zfwmKg&desktop_uri=/watch?v=6kSG3zfwmKg —– March 10, 2013: A cat eats from a Syrian soldier’s corpse in ?#Daraa?, southern ?#Damascus?. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6oY2ITvkOks&desktop_uri=/watch?v=6oY2ITvkOks —– July 2013: A rumor that Islamic scholars in besieged Homs city have made a fatwa (a legal judgement) that it is halal (permissible according to Islamic law) to eat cat meat.