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Palestine footballer known as ‘legend of Khan Younis’ killed in Israel’s war on Gaza

Palestinian footballer Mohammed Barakat who was known as “the legend of Khan Younis” has been killed in an Israeli bombing of his house in Khan Younis.

He was 39.

Barakat, Gaza’s first centurion of goals and one of its top scorers, represented the national team, for whom he appeared three times, and the Ahly Gaza football club in the local league.

Barakat family’s home was hit by Israeli bombs early on Monday, the first day of fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Al Jazeera reported.

Barakat scored 114 goals and was the captain of the Khan Younis Youth Club for long time.

The forward played for several clubs in the occupied West Bank and Jordan, including Al-Wehdat, as well as Saudi Arabian club Al-Shoala.

His last goal was in a 1-1 draw against the Shujayea Club at Yarmouk Stadium in Gaza City on August 18 in matchweek two of the Palestinian Premier League.

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