Palestinian football player Barakat Killed in Israeli airstrike on Khan Younis

AP , Wednesday 13 Mar 2024

The Palestinian Football Federation (PFA) says former national team member Mohammed Barakat, 39, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

Mohammed Barakat
File Photo Former Palestinian National team player Mohammed Barakat. Photo courtesy of Al Jazeera English.


It says he was killed in a strike Monday on a residential building in the southern city of Khan Younis.

Affectionately known as “the lion” by fellow players, Barakat had played for the national team and several clubs in Gaza, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

He began his professional career in 2015 with Shabab Khan Younis, where he became the first player in Gaza to score 100 goals with a single team.

The Palestinian health ministry says over 31,000 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the Israel war on Gaza.

The PFA says 158 athletes, including 91 soccer players from various divisions, are among those killed.

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