GAZA Jan 14 Two prominent Palestinian soccer
players were killed by Israeli forces this week in the Gaza
Strip, the Palestine Football Association said on Wednesday.
In a statement posted on its website, the PFA said a former
member of the national team, Ayman al-Kurd, a 28-year-old with
three children, was killed two days ago by Israeli shelling.
"His martyrdom is a great loss to Palestinian football. His
colleagues are in shock," Ghassan Balawi, a former coach of the
Palestinian soccer team, told Reuters in Ramallah.
The PFA also reported that Wajih Mushtahi, 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.
(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta, Editing by