Rabat – The Moroccan embassy in Jordan has taken the necessary measures to accommodate football fans of the Moroccan club Raja of Casablanca (RCA) after Israeli authorities refused them entry to Palestine.
The 28 Rajawi supporters were denied entry for not meeting specific entry requirements for access to the Palestinian territories.
The Moroccan embassy in Amman has provided assistance to the fans by facilitating their transportation from the Jordanian-Palestinian borders to a hotel in Amman.
In a statement to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the supporters said that they were thankful to the Moroccan officials in the embassy for accommodating them.
They said that “they have started all the necessary procedures to obtain entry permits the Palestinian territories to follow up the game between RCA and Hilal Al Qods by placing a request at the Embassy of Palestine in Morocco.”
Supporters added that the delay in response and the approaching date of the game led them to reach out directly to Jordan, believing that acquiring entry permits could be from Jordan. The supporters had followed the steps of RCA players who were granted entry permits after their arrival in Jordan.
They confirmed that they have now complied with the Israeli police instructions.
The stranded supporters stayed at the Israeli authorities checkpoint for hours hoping to find a solution to their situation before the Israeli police told them that it was impossible for them to enter the Palestinian territories.
Officials at the Moroccan embassy were waiting for the supporters at King Hussein Bridge.around midnight to accompany them to the hotel.
RCA will face Hilal Al-Qods on Thursday, at 5 p.m (Moroccan time) in the second leg of the Mohammed VI Cup. RCA won the first leg by scoring a penalty kick at the first minutes of play.