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Ironi Nahariya's BSL game at Hapoel Jerusalem, scheduled for Saturday night, was postponed by 24 hours on Thursday following the firing of three Katyusha rockets at the northern city from Lebanon.
Nahariya asked to move the game, which will now be played on Sunday at the Malha Arena, saying its preparations for the encounter had been disrupted due to the rockets.
Despite the fact that the attack has so far proved to be an isolated incident, Nahariya's foreign players left the city immediately and said they don't plan to return any time soon.
"For my safety I won't be going back to Nahariya," American Ron Lewis said. "If they put me in a different location than okay. But I won't be staying in Nahariya. A bomb landed 30 feet from my house and I'm not going to go back there."
All the weekend's remaining games will go ahead as planned, with five games now to be played on Sunday and one on Monday.
The BSL said on Thursday that it feels the games should be played as scheduled for two main reasons.
The BSL claimed that playing the games will help get sport in the country back to its normal routine and is also important as Israeli clubs are involved in European action and postponing the games would hurt the Israeli basketball's status in Europe.