Cuban basketball player Jasiel Rivero, a 29-year-old center who plays for the Maccabi Tel Aviv club in Israel, told the Spanish press how he experienced with his family the attack of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in the country where he has lived ever since. last July.
In a conversation with the media Súper, the Cuban, a former basketball player in Valencia, said that, when the missile launch from the Palestinian territory began, “nervous” took over the family and they did not hesitate- two to take refuge in the bunker room of their house. .
“This is the first time we have experienced something like this and we don’t know where to go. Controlling your nerves is very difficult in such a difficult situation, so anyone will feel panic and panic. It is a human reaction. Our colleagues at Maccabi calmed us down, tried to relax us, telling us that there were no problems in the area where we were staying. In any case, the solution to leave the country is sought,” said the center.
Rivero, his family and other foreign players from Maccabi Tel Aviv were transferred this Monday, October 9, to Cyprus, where they must play in the Euroleague on the 18th.
“Due to the result of the situation, we went to Cyprus to have greater security. Here we recovered our routine, training, doing everything as a team (…) The club did everything for our safety. The day after it all started they took us to Cyprus,” he added.
The Cuban added that, although the missiles did not reach the part where he lives in Tel Aviv, they could hear the roars from other nearby places, so, because they are not used to it, and as a be careful, they decided to take refuge. in the bunker, he and his wife and his little girl.
“Seeing that things were compromised by the attacks, we, who are not from there, entered for greater security (…) If you are a foreigner and have not been through that before, the best thing is to leave town and be more calm,” he concluded.
In July of this year Jasiel Rivero signed with the Maccabi Tel Aviv club, from Israel. Until this signing, the basketball player played in the ranks of Valencia Basket, in the Spanish league, but after this move he moved to Israel.