Clerics: Desperate Syrians May Eat Dogs
Damascus suburbs being starved out
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 15, 2013 3:24 PM CDT
In this photo taken on a government-organized media tour, a Syrian army soldier walks on a street in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The days of dogs and cats living in Damascus or its hard-hit suburbs might be numbered, at least according to local clerics. With reports surfacing of regime loyalists using starvation tactics against rebel-held areas like Muadhamiya, Syrian clerics have issued a fatwa telling the faithful that is OK to eat normally forbidden meats like dogs, cats, and donkeys, the BBC reports. "It is a reflection of the reality we are suffering," one cleric said, according to the Telegraph.

One leading imam followed that up with a video on Al Arabiya today begging for international humanitarian intervention. "How does the world sleep with full stomachs while there are hungry people, and not far from the main city?" he asked. "Are you waiting for us to eat the flesh of our martyrs and our dead?"

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Oct 18, 2013 8:08 AM CDT
My father told me he was lucky to get dog meat during the nearly 3 year Siege of Leningrad. There was even cannibalism going on.
Oct 17, 2013 12:05 AM CDT
lets all do something nice for these "folk" send them all the pork they can eat!
Oct 16, 2013 7:13 AM CDT
SO! Let them eat swine. ..many peoples of the world eat dog meat on a regular basis. During the Lewis & Clark expeditions of Western North America, their journals proclaim that of all the game they ate in their 3 year journey, that "the dog meat offered by the native americans was the sweetest of all".