UEFA postpone Israel’s Euro 2024 qualifier after escalation of violence in the region… with hundreds of civilians and soldiers killed during attacks by Palestinian militants from Gaza Strip
- UEFA postpone all matches scheduled in Israel in the next two weeks
- Euro 2024 qualifier against Switzerland on Thursday has been postponed
- Israel Palestine conflict news LIVE: Downing Street is lit up with Israel flag
UEFA has postponed all matches scheduled to take place in Israel over the next two weeks.
War has left at least 700 people dead, a staggering toll on a scale the country has not experienced in decades.
Israel were set to face Switzerland on Thursday in European Championship qualifying Group I but the match at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium will not take place.
The nation’s European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Estonia and Germany on October 12 and 17 respectively have also been postponed.
And European football’s governing body has also called a halt to an Under-17 mini-tournament involving Israel, Belgium, Gibraltar and Wales, due to run from Wednesday until October 17.
UEFA have taken the decision to postpone Israel’s matches amid rising tensions in the region
A member of Israeli police is seen in Ashkelon, southern Israel after the Hamas offensive
An injured soldier is brought into Tel Aviv’s Surasky Medical Center on October 7
UEFA said: ‘UEFA will continue to closely monitor the situation and will remain in contact with all teams involved before making decisions on new dates and on potential changes to other upcoming fixtures.
‘UEFA will take the coming days to assess whether Israel can take part in their Euro 2024 qualifier against Kosovo in Prishtina.’
Israel declared war on Sunday, following an attack by Hamas militants.
Militants fired a barrage of rockets from Gaza and sent fighters across the border, with a festival near Kibbutz Re’im, close to the Gaza Strip, stormed and revellers killed and taken hostage.
Israel said it was on a war footing and began its own strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza, with Israeli media reporting gunbattles between bands of Palestinian fighters and security forces in southern Israel.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that his country would take ‘mighty vengeance for this black day’ as warplanes launched a retaliatory strikes against Hamas.
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