Nov. 20, 2013 at 3:12 PM ET
A small town in the Gaza Strip welcomed two adorable additions on Monday: a pair of newborn lion cubs.
Hamas authorities announced the births via Twitter on Tuesday, calling them the first lion cubs to be born in the besieged coastal strip. The cubs' mother and father were smuggled into Gaza from Egypt four years ago, and have been living at the Hamas-run Bissan amusement park and zoo in the town of Beit Lahiya ever since.
The cubs are named Fajr (the Arabic word for dawn) and Sjel (Arabic for clay), which The Guardian reports are references to a conflict with Israel last year.
Their names may be controversial, but their cuteness is not. Take a look at more sweet images of the pair and their parents below: