UN agency cancels Gaza marathon after Hamas bans women

UNRWA was forced to cancel the Gaza marathon after Hamas ban on women. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

(JNS.org) The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the United Nations' aid agency for the Palestinians, has said it will cancel the upcoming Gaza marathon because Hamas authorities will not allow women to compete, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Click photo to download. Caption: UNRWA was forced to cancel the Gaza marathon after Hamas ban on women. Credit: Wikimedia Commons"UNRWA regrets to announce that it has had to cancel the third UNRWA marathon which was to be held on 10 April. This disappointing decision follows discussions with the authorities in Gaza who have insisted that no women should participate," said a statement from the agency.

The 3rd annual Gaza marathon was organized by UNRWA to raise money for children in Gaza. Hamas, a terrorist organization which has ruled the Gaza Strip since a bloody coup against its Palestinian rival Fatah in 2007, has increasingly implemented strict Islamic laws in the coastal enclave, including bans on alcohol and restrictions on women.

Posted on March 5, 2013 .