The Israeli occupation army continues to bomb civilians and kills a Palestinian footballer and his family in a new raid on Gaza

The Palestinian Football Association announced on Saturday the death of player Ahmed Abu Al-Atta (34 years old) along with his wife, Dr. Ruba Ismail Abu Al-Atta, and their two children in an Israeli airstrike that targeted their home in Gaza City. Abu Al-Atta played as a defender for the Palestinian Al-Ahli Club.

With this tragic incident, the number of Palestinian athletes who have lost their lives since the beginning of the Israeli war on Gaza on October 7 has risen to more than 300 athletes, referees, and sports officials, according to statements by Jibril Rajoub, President of the Palestinian Olympic Committee.

Among the sports victims are also international referee Hani Musmah, who died last week from his injuries, footballer Mohammed Barakat who was killed in March, and assistant international referee Mohammed Khattab who was martyred with his family in February.

In a related context, the Ministry of Health in Gaza reported today, Sunday, that the death toll of Palestinians has risen to 37,598, while the number of injured has reached 86,032 since the start of the Israeli aggression.

On the international sports front, FIFA is preparing to discuss a proposal to suspend Israel’s participation in international competitions during an extraordinary meeting of its council next July, based on a request submitted by the Palestinian Football Association and supported by the Asian Football Confederation.

This ongoing tragedy highlights the devastating impact of the conflict on all aspects of Palestinian life, including sports, and underscores the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to protect civilian lives.

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