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Adorable twin lion cubs born at Gaza Strip zoo

Nov. 20, 2013 at 3:12 PM ET

Two-day-old lion cubs Fajr and Sjel are seen at a zoo in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on November 19, 2013 . The cubs' mother and fathe...
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Two-day-old lion cubs Fajr and Sijil are seen at a zoo in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia on November 19.

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. 

Two-day-old lion cubs Fajr and Sjel are seen at a zoo in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on November 19, 2013 . The cubs' mother and fathe...
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The cubs — one female, one male — are so young they can barely open their eyes.

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: 

epa03956986 Two-days-old lion cub Fajir is bottle-fed at a zoo in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza strip on, 19 November 2013. The cubs' mother a...
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Two-days-old lion cub Fajir is bottle-fed at a zoo in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza strip on Nov. 19.
Two-day-old lion cubs Fajr and Sjel are seen at a zoo in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on November 19, 2013 . The cubs' mother and fathe...
MOHAMMED ABED / AFP - Getty Images
The cubs test their vocal cords.
epa03956963 A male (R) and a female lion (L) lie in the sand at a zoo after the female gave birth to two cubs two days earlier in Beit Lahiya town in ...
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The cubs' parents lie in the sand at the zoo.


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