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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
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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.

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