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Football fans forced to spend night at checkpoint by Israeli soldiers

Oct. 5, 2008 5:01 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 5, 2008 5:01 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Busloads of Palestinian football fans were forced to spend the night at the Hamra checkpoint in the Jordan River valley on Saturday night on their way back from a match in the West Bank city of Jericho.

Fans of a team from Askar Refugee Camp in the city of Nablus were told that they arrived at the checkpoint too late. The drivers told Ma'an that they had arrived at the roadblock before the scheduled closing time of 11pm.

Soldiers staffing the checkpoint reportedly assaulted some passengers, and forced the busses to wait until 4am when they reopened the checkpoint.

Askar Camp's team had played Jabal Mukabbir (from Jerusalem) to a 0-0 draw. The game at Jericho stadium was a regular match in Palestine's first league.

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