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Room to Run: Marathoners Compete in the West Bank

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Palestinians and foreigners, including activists, run past the separation barrier during the second annual Palestine International Marathon in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Friday, April 11, 2014. About 1,000 people participated in the race. Israel barred 30 runners, including an Olympic athlete, from leaving the Gaza Strip to participate in the marathon, highlighting Israel's tight restrictions on travel in and out of the Hamas-ruled territory, Palestinian officials said Tuesday. Maj. Guy Inbar, an Israeli defense official, said the Bethlehem marathon sponsored by the Palestinian Authority "has political overtones," but did not elaborate. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed Majdi Mohammed / AP

Palestinians and foreigners, including activists, run past the separation barrier during the second annual Palestine International Marathon in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Friday. About 1,000 people participated in the race. Israel barred 30 runners, including an Olympic athlete, from leaving the Gaza Strip to participate in the marathon, highlighting Israel's tight restrictions on travel in and out of the Hamas-ruled territory, Palestinian officials said Tuesday. Maj. Guy Inbar, an Israeli defense official, said the Bethlehem marathon sponsored by the Palestinian Authority "has political overtones," but did not elaborate.