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Conflict takes partial break for World Cup game

Rocket fire has slowed to a bare trickle over the last 85 minutes, which happens to coincide with how long the World Cup finals match between Argentina and Germany has been going on (discounting one rocket during halftime).

Despite the threat of rockets, Israelis flocked to outdoor screens and other venues Sunday night to watch the match (which is currently tied 0-0).

Channel 10 Arabic affairs reporter Alon Ben-David posted this picture of soldiers near Gaza taking a break to watch the game.

Argentinians in Israel for the Taglit-Birthright program also made sure to catch the game, pushing security worries aside for 90 minutes.

Argentinians in Israel on the Taglit Birthright program about to watch the World Cup finals on July 13. (photo credit: Taglit)
Argentinians in Israel on the Taglit Birthright program about to watch the World Cup finals on July 13. (photo credit: Taglit)

In the Gaza periphery, the hardest hit area, fans also gathered outside to watch the game together.

However, across the border in Gaza, catching the action was less simple.

Reports indicated heavy IDF strikes across the Strip starting at 8 p.m. and continuing until at least 11.

Compounding the problem, a rocket fired out of the Palestinian enclave earlier hit a power line, knocking out electricity, and the ability to watch TV, for some 70,000 Gazans.

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