Meet the brave Beirutis rescuing pets for blast-stricken ...

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Meet the brave Beirutis rescuing pets for blast-stricken residents

‘You don’t feel the danger,’ say a team of animal lovers bringing enormous relief to shattered owners

Campbell MacDiarmid

The day after the Beirut blast Kamal Khatib ignored the warnings of the Lebanese civil defence to make one more rescue from a crumbling flat in the Gemmayze neighbourhood.

As he descended the stairs on his way out, he could feel the century-old building shaking, and minutes later, the second floor collapsed. The risk had been worth it, the 48-year-old volunteer said, because he had saved a life.

Shortly afterwards at a nearby hospital, a tearful and injured resident was reunited with her beloved Siamese cat...

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