Reuters, Thursday, January 15, 2009 1 PM
Two prominent Palestinian soccer players were killed by Israeli forces this week in the Gaza Strip, the Palestine Football Association said Wednesday.
It said on its Web site that
national team member, Ayman al-Kurd
, a 28-year-old with three children, was killed earlier this week by Israeli shelling.
It also reported that Wajih
, a member of the Palestinian Olympic soccer team, was killed this week in Gaza. The Islamic Jihad militant group said in a statement that Mushtahi was one of its fighters and had
died in combat although the Palsport News Agency reported he died at home.
And the AIPS
Web site reported that
former national team player Shadi Sbakhe
of Khadamat Alniserat was killed in the violence. Gaza's Rafah Stadium, home of the Ahli Alenserat Club, suffered extensive damage in the
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