Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Rescued after Lions Maul Him at Barcelona Zoo

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Rescued after Lions Maul Him at Barcelona Zoo

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Man survives after he's mauled by lions

Officials in Spain say a man was rescued from the lions' enclosure at Barcelona Zoo after being seriously mauled by three lions.

Barcelona's fire department was called Sunday to the northeastern city's zoo where witnesses had seen a man wearing a military-style uniform jump into the den, according to a statement from the city government.

Emergency services used fire hoses to distance the lions from the man, who had been attacked and dragged into a tunnel within their enclosure.

About 30 minutes after he had entered the enclosure, rescue services removed the man, described as a 45-year-old Spanish national, and took him to a hospital where he was in serious but not life-threatening condition, the statement said.

Syrian military denounces 'flagrant attack' by Israel * Israeli warplanes bombed two areas near Damascus on Sunday, striking near the city's international airport as well as outside a town close to the Lebanese border, the Syrian military said.

Since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, Israel has carried out several airstrikes in Syria that have targeted sophisticated weapons systems, including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles, believed to be destined for Israel's arch foe the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group.

Israel has never confirmed the strikes, and on Sunday the Israeli military said it does not comment on "foreign reports."

The Syrian armed forces' general command said Sunday's "flagrant attack" caused material damage, but did not provide details on what was hit near the airport or in the town of Dimas, northwest of Damascus.

High winds blamed after boat capsizes, killing 70 * Yemeni security officials say a boat carrying African migrants has capsized off the country's western coast, killing 70.

They say most of the migrants were from Ethiopia, and the small boat sank Sunday due to high winds and waves in the Red Sea. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters. …

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