DAMASCUS: When he’s not treating casualties of the Syrian civil war, ambulance driver Alaa still finds the time and energy to help the lesser-known victims of the conflict. For he has started his own one-man charitable enterprise by feeding scores of cats that have been orphaned as a result of the war. Alaa spends around $4 (£2.50) of his savings each day on meat to feed around 150 strays in Masaken Hanano, a neigbourhood in Aleppo.  The district has been almost entirely abandoned because of shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad as they attempt to wrest back control from rebels. Alaa says he has been feeding and taking care of the cats for over two months. Aleppo, the country’s largest city, has been at the centre of some of the fiercest fighting since a major rebel offensive in July 2012.–DM