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Argentina cancels Israel World Cup friendly after Gaza violence

Argentina cancels Israel World Cup friendly after Gaza violence
Argentina has cancelled a World Cup warm-up match with Israel, apparently under political pressure over Israel's treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain told the ESPN sports channel on Tuesday the game had been cancelled.

"They've finally done the right thing," Higuain said in an interview.

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina tweeted to confirm that the football friendly between the two countries was off.

Media reports say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Argentine President Mauricio Macri in an attempt to salvage the friendly tie, due to be played in Jerusalem on Saturday.

News of the cancellation was met with cheers in Gaza, where at least 120 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during recent protests.

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