Daily Israel Report

FIFA to Rebuild Stadium Used for Rocket Fire

Football’s world governing body will pay to rebuild a Gaza stadium damaged when it was used firing rockets on Israel.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 11/27/2012, 11:02 PM

Soccer (illustrative)
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The world governing body for football (soccer) announced Tuesday that it will help rebuild the international stadium in Gaza, AFP reports. The stadium, in Gaza City, was damaged by an Israeli air strike after terrorists used it to fire rockets at Israeli cities.

“We see it as our mandate to rebuild football infrastructure which has been destroyed,” FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke told fifa.com.

“Football brings people together and we will support any re-construction necessary when football infrastructure is destroyed through disasters,” he added.

In recent weeks Gaza terrorists used the stadium as a launching point for Fajr 5 rockets. The Iranian-made rockets were fired at the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv regions.

FIFA previously paid to repair the same stadium in 2006. Then as now, the stadium was damaged in an IAD strike as Israeli targeted spaces used by terrorists to fire rockets.

FIFA is an apolitical group that has supported project in Israel as well as Gaza.