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January 14, 2009
Three top Palestinian footballers killed in Gaza violence

ATTACKED: Gaza's Rafah Stadium was severely damaged in the Israeli attack. Photo/ Ashraf Matar, freelance photojournalist, Gaza

From Muntaser Dkaidek, AIPS Member

Association of Sport in Palestine, Palsport News Agency

JERUSALEM, January 14, 2009 – Three of Palestine’s leading football players have been killed in Gaza the last 72 hours.

All of them, including current national team member, Ayman Alkurd of Falasteen Al-Ryadi , were killed in their homes by the Israeli bombing.

Shadi Sbakhe from Khadamat Alniserat club and a former national team member was the second player to be killed in the violence.

Yesterday 24-year-old mid-fielder for Gaza’s Ittihad Alshojaeya Club and former national squad member Wajeh Moshtahe was killed while at home. The young footballer was married.

Gaza’s Rafah Stadium suffered extensive damage in the ground offensive. It is the home of the Ahli Alenserat Club, one of the Palestinian League’s top clubs. No one was injured in the attack.

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