RAMALLAH, Mar 12 (NNN-WAFA) – A marathon race took place Friday, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, with 10,000 runners from across the world competing, in an enthusiastic atmosphere.
Themed “Run for Freedom,” and held by the Ramallah-based Supreme Council for Youth and Sports of the PA, the ninth game saw the participation of 1,800 foreigners from 90 countries and regions.
The race was held to send a message that “Palestinians are looking forward to living in peace and freedom in their independent state,” according to the organiser.
Jacklin Jacob from the Netherlands said that, he took part in the racee to express “solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are suffering from the political restrictions imposed on them.”
Nirmeen Qadisiya, a local college student and runner, said, she was inspired to see so many foreign friends coming here, to stand with the Palestinians, despite daily Israeli violations in the West Bank.
“We have to tell our story to all the world,” she noted.– NNN-WAFA