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Egypt’s Zamalek seek to play friendly in Gaza

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An Egyptian Premier League football team is awaiting a go-ahead from Egyptian authorities to play a friendly game in the Gaza Strip against the Palestinian national team.

Zamalek, a Cairo club, said if they were to play the match, revenues would go towards rebuilding damaged buildings in Gaza following an eight-day Israeli attack on the Strip which 166 Palestinians dead.

Six Israelis were also killed by rockets launched from Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas.

The fighting ended after Egypt brokered a truce between Israel and Hamas.

“The board of directors unanimously accepted an offer to face Palestine in Gaza,” Zamalek’s board member Raouf Gasser said on the club’s official website, according to Ahram Online.

“We are completing the required procedures to travel to Gaza. We need many approvals from authorities and security officials.”

“The match’s revenues will be allocated to rebuild the buildings devastated by the Zionist forces,” Gasser added.