[QODLink]
Middle East

Occupied West Bank races to show limitations

Estimated 500 competitors from 23 countries take part, but 14 runners from Gaza were barred by Israel.

Last Modified: 21 Apr 2013 20:50
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

The Occupied West Bank has held its first official marathon, which organisers say highlight the limits on where Palestinians can travel.

An estimated 500 competitors from 23 different countries participated in the race, but 14 runners from Gaza were prevented to run by Israel.

Because of Israel's separation barrier, which cuts off parts of the city, and its control over nearby land, there is not enough space to do a straight 42km run.

Instead, participants ran 10km out and 10km back repeatedly until the marathon distance was covered.   

Al Jazeera's Caitlin McGee reports.

92

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lacking cohesive local ground forces to attack in tandem, coalition air strikes will have limited effect, experts say.
Hindu right-wing groups run campaign against what they say is Muslim conspiracy to convert Hindu girls into Islam.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
Muslim caretakers maintain three synagogues in eastern Indian city, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community.
Amid fresh ISIL gains, officials in Anbar province have urged the Iraqi government to request foreign ground troops.