In a week when heavy shelling was reported from Southern Lebanon, some Lebanese villagers managed to get a way from it all for a while and concentrate their energies on a competitive but friendly game of basketball.
GV Lebanese Ein Ibel village basketball team in white vests and dark shots, running onto court. ZOOM OUT TO Israeli Baram Kibbutz team in dark vests.
SV Children handing out flowers to players.
CU Israeli player holding bag of fruit.
GV Two captains and other members of team exchange pennants before start
GV Play starts with Israel, in dark vests, playing from right to left. Play moves from end to end.
GV Israelis attack and score basket.
GV Lebanese attack and after long shots rebounds Lebanese player scores.
GV Players shaking hands after match.
While the Ein Ibel were at the Baram Kibbutz, a South Lebanese Commander, who himself had been wounded in earlier border fighting, said that on Friday (17 February) a girl from the village had been hit in the leg by sniper's bullet.
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Background: In a week when heavy shelling was reported from Southern Lebanon, some Lebanese villagers managed to get a way from it all for a while and concentrate their energies on a competitive but friendly game of basketball. The villagers were from Ein Ibel in the central Christian enclave and they travelled south into Israel to take on players from the Baram Kibbutz in Upper Galilee.
SYNOPSIS: It was the first basketball match of its kind between the Ein Ibel villagers, in the white vests, and their Israeli hosts.
After the tensions of the Israeli-Lebanese border, it was a relaxed occasion for both the players and children, who joined in the pre-match presentations.
For the Baram team and their Lebanese visitors, it was a unique occasion, and pennants were exchanged just as if it had been a full international match in either Tel Aviv or Beirut.
Both sides had plenty of support and there was a lot of noise as the match got underway. Baram in the dark vests playing from fight to left, were the first to attack, but the ball moved quickly from end to end.
There was plenty of action to cheer and the Israelis delighted their fans by finding the basket after a ??? build-up.
The Ein Ibel team were not to be out-done and were soon on target themselves.
In the end, the Baram team came out on top 60-42, and there were congratulations all round before the Lebanese returned home in convey.