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Fans arrive in Israel

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-03-22

El Al

El Al

A transportation strike just days before Israel takes on England in a European Championship qualifier on Saturday hasn't impacted on the thousands of fans who have flown in from England to get to the game.

Organised by union Histadrut, the strike was called as a response to claims that the government had broken promises to pay public sector workers outstanding monies that were owed.

Following negotiations between Histadrut and the government, disruptions lasted less than a day and are now returning to normal.

There were earlier fears that planes wouldn't be allowed to land and the strike would last into the weekend.

According to reports, over 7,000 fans are said to be flying in to watch the game which is taking place on Saturday night at Tel Aviv's Ramat Gan Stadium.

Jewish and Israeli groups in the UK including New Israel Fund and Maccabi GB have organised long weekends for fans to get to the game.