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Bilbao match in Israel postponed over conflict

UEFA has postponed a match between Spain's Athletic Bilbao and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona in Israel due to the clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, the European football's governing body said on Wednesday.

Reported by: Agence France-Presse
Last updated on Wednesday, 21 November, 2012 21:03 IST
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Madrid: UEFA has postponed a match between Spain's Athletic Bilbao and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona in Israel due to the clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, the European football's governing body said on Wednesday.

"The match has been postponed due to the precarious security situation" in Israel, where a bombing on a bus in Tel Aviv on Wednesday morning injured 17 people, a UEFA official told AFP.

In the conflict that broke out last week, Israel has launched airstrikes against Palestinian targets in the Gaza strip and Gaza-based militants have fired rockets at Israel.

The Bilbao players had been set to fly to Tel Aviv and travel north by coach to play the Europa League tie in the city of Haifa against Kiryat Shmona, a team from northern Israel.

The UEFA official said a new date for the match would be set "by the end of the week".

Story first published on: Wednesday, 21 November 2012 20:59 IST

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