Adorable twin lion cubs born at Gaza Strip zoo

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...
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.MOHAMMED ABED / Today

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By Danika Fears

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 — one female, one male — are so young they can barely open their eyes.MOHAMMED ABED / Today

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: 

Two-days-old lion cub Fajir is bottle-fed at a zoo in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza strip on Nov. 19.MOHAMMED SABER / Today
The cubs test their vocal cords.MOHAMMED ABED / Today
The cubs' parents lie in the sand at the zoo.MOHAMMED SABER / Today