Despite Calls For Stop, Israeli Airstrike Kills Footballer, Wife And Two Children

In a recent development, a 34-year-old soccer player, and his family have been killed, during recent Israeli military actions, as reported by Sahara Reporters.

The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) announced the tragic news.

“Ahmad Abu al-Atta, his wife Ruba Esmael Abu al-Atta, a medical professional, and their two children lost their lives after an airstrike struck their residence in Gaza City,” the PFA stated.

Local media reported that the airstrike happened on Friday, however, the PFA did not provide a specific date.

Ahmad Abu al-Atta’s death is part of the ongoing crisis in the Gaza region.

The PFA had earlier reported the death of international referee Hani Mesmeh.

Mesmeh died from injuries sustained in an Israeli airstrike in May.

Jibril Rajoub, President of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, provided recent statistics on the conflict.

“A staggering 300 athletes, referees, and sports officials have lost their lives since the conflict began in October 2023,” he revealed.

Rajoub also noted that all sports facilities in Gaza have been destroyed.

The crisis has claimed the lives of several sports figures.

In March, soccer player Mohammed Barakat was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis.

In February, FIFA International Assistant Referee Mohammed Khattab died in an Israeli offensive in the Deir Al Balah neighborhood of Gaza.

Khattab’s wife and four children also perished in the attack.


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