BBC journalist and Your Middle East contributor Julia Macfarlane has posted a picture on her Facebook page showing the slaughtering of a lion at al-Qarya al-Shama Zoo. Residents of Ghouta, the Damascus suburb widely known for the chemical attacks earlier this summer, appears to have little choice but eat animals from the park. Starvation is spreading across the capital, particularly in rebel-held areas.
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"People haven't eaten in days, my family is moving from house to house and have no food or money left," an anonymous source living in Damascus tells Your Middle East over Skype.