Palestinians Hold Camel Race on Airport Runway in Gaza

Published October 21st, 2019 - 06:02 GMT

Jockeys compete in a camel race organized by the Federation of Palestinian Camel Races and the Olympic Committee at the airport runway of Gaza Airport.

A narrow track inside Gaza around 300 meters from the Israeli border marks a line beyond which most Gazans do not normally venture, fearing they will be shot by Israeli troops. Since a protest began the area has been transformed. Tented encampments have sprung up and hundreds of youths venture even closer to the barrier.

Palestinians attend camel race during a tent city protest along the Israeli border with Gaza, demanding the right to return to their homeland.

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Camel race in Gaza  (Twitter)

Camel race in Gaza (Twitter)

Camel near Palestinian bystanders during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip (Twitter)

Camel near Palestinian bystanders during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip (Twitter)

Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport (Twitter)

Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport (Twitter)

A Palestinian jockey competes during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport (Twitter)

A Palestinian jockey competes during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport (Twitter)

A Palestinian jockey is silhouetted as he competes in a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

A Palestinian jockey is silhouetted as he competes in a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Bedouin youths ride their camels during a race in Gaza (Twitter)

Bedouin youths ride their camels during a race in Gaza (Twitter)

Palestinian youths riding camel (Twitter)

Palestinian youths riding camel (Twitter)

Horse and camel races are spotlighted while lack of sports activity due to embargo in Gaza, Bilal Khaled / Anadolu Agency

Horse and camel races are spotlighted while lack of sports activity due to embargo in Gaza, Bilal Khaled / Anadolu Agency

Camel race in Gaza  (Twitter)
Camel near Palestinian bystanders during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip (Twitter)
Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport (Twitter)
A Palestinian jockey competes during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport (Twitter)
A Palestinian jockey is silhouetted as he competes in a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
Bedouin youths ride their camels during a race in Gaza (Twitter)
Palestinian youths riding camel (Twitter)
Horse and camel races are spotlighted while lack of sports activity due to embargo in Gaza, Bilal Khaled / Anadolu Agency
Camel race in Gaza  (Twitter)
Camel race in Gaza (Twitter)
Camel near Palestinian bystanders during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip (Twitter)
Camel near Palestinian bystanders during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip (Twitter)
Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport (Twitter)
Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport (Twitter)
A Palestinian jockey competes during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport (Twitter)
A Palestinian jockey competes during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport (Twitter)
A Palestinian jockey is silhouetted as he competes in a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
A Palestinian jockey is silhouetted as he competes in a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
Palestinian jockeys compete during a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 20, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
Bedouin youths ride their camels during a race in Gaza (Twitter)
Bedouin youths ride their camels during a race in Gaza (Twitter)
Palestinian youths riding camel (Twitter)
Palestinian youths riding camel (Twitter)
Horse and camel races are spotlighted while lack of sports activity due to embargo in Gaza, Bilal Khaled / Anadolu Agency
Horse and camel races are spotlighted while lack of sports activity due to embargo in Gaza, Bilal Khaled / Anadolu Agency