In pictures: Thousands take part in Palestine Marathon in Bethlehem

The Palestine Marathon's aim is to establish a running culture in Palestine
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Participants leave the starting line in Manger Square in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, during the fifth Palestine Marathon. (MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
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A runner holds the Palestinian flag as participants run past the the Walled-Off Hotel, Banksy's newly opened hotel, next to Israel's controversial separation wall, during the fifth Palestine Marathon in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem. (MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Participants run along Israel's controversial separation barrier, which divides the West Bank from Jerusalem, in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem during the 5th Palestine Marathon. (MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
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A disabled participant passes Israel's controversial separation barrier, which divides the West Bank from Jerusalem, in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem during the 5th Palestine Marathon. (MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Participants run along Israel's controversial separation barrier, which divides the West Bank from Jerusalem, in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem during the 5th Palestine Marathon. (MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Disabled participants pass Israel's controversial separation barrier, which divides the West Bank from Jerusalem, in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem during the 5th Palestine Marathon. (MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Participants run past the the Walled-Off Hotel, Banksy's newly opened hotel, next to Israel's controversial separation wall, during the fifth Palestine Marathon in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem. (MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Participants run in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem during the 5th Palestine Marathon. (MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Participants run along Israel's controversial separation barrier, which divides the West Bank from Jerusalem, in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem during the 5th Palestine Marathon. (MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)