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Published time: November 20, 2012 08:45
Edited time: November 20, 2012 12:48
A Palestinian inspects the damage to a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)

A Palestinian inspects the damage to a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)

The Israeli military has destroyed the central stadium in Gaza as part of Operation Pillar of Cloud, claiming the sports facility was used by the Palestinians as a rocket launch site.

­According to RIA-Novosti, four craters have appeared on the football pitch of the Palestine Stadium.

The explosive blasts and shrapnel have also done severe damage to the stands and service areas.  

Guards say the arena was bombed several times by the Israeli planes, with the latest attack coming on Monday morning.

The Palestine Stadium, which was built during Yasser Arafat’s rule in the mid-1900s, had a capacity of 10.000.

It was used to stage Palestinian national team’s games, training of Olympians as well as concerts by Arab artists.

The arena was bombed in 2006 which football’s governing body FIFA helped rebuild.

A Palestinian inspects a destroyed building at a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)
A Palestinian inspects a destroyed building at a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)
A Palestinian inspects damaged buildings at a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)
A Palestinian inspects damaged buildings at a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)

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