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Man loses fingers from blast at Israeli basketball game

A security guard at a club basketball game in Jerusalem had three of his fingers blown off Sunday after grabbing a homemade firecracker thrown onto the court to shield players, coaches and fans from the blast, according to Al Jazeera.

Yoav Glitzstein ran across the court to cover up the firecracker when the blast went off, according to the Associated Press. The explosion occurred in Malha arena during a game between club teams Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Holon.

Glitzstein was rushed to Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem following the incident where he underwent a nine hour surgery to try and save his fingers, according to the Associated Press.

“He had severe damage to all of his five fingers,? said Ron Krumer, a spokesman for the hospital, according to the Associated Press. “Two of them where in such a condition that there was nothing to do."

Danny Klein, who is club chairman of the Hapoel Jerusalem said that the team will not play another game until the individual or individuals responsible are found, according to Al Jazeera.

According to the Associated Press, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that Yossi Malakh was arrested and confessed to throwing the firecracker on the floor at the arena. Malakh was a fan of the visiting Holon team.