Palestinian Olympic runner Nader Al-Masri runs near his house in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip April 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)
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Kicking up dust on the back roads of northern Gaza within sight of the Israeli fence that seals off the enclave, Olympic athlete Nader al-Masri is still training, despite being barred from competing in his people's largest sporting event.Masri, who has participated in 40 international contests including the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, was denied a permit by Israeli authorities to travel to the occupied West Bank for the Palestine Marathon Friday.Masri was one of thirty runners from Gaza whose permit requests were rejected by Israel, according to Gisha, an Israeli human rights group which litigated Masri's case up to the level of Israel's Supreme Court.
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