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In Photos: Palestinians travel from West Bank to Al-Aqsa on last Friday of Ramadan

June 8, 2018 3:28 P.M. (Updated: June 14, 2018 1:38 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians traveled to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, to perform prayers on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Thousands of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank passed through heavily militarized Israeli checkpoints to reach the holy site.

Palestinian residents of the West Bank are not allowed to access occupied East Jerusalem or Israel without an Israeli-issued permits. Ramadan typically sees a slight ease of permit restrictions on Palestinians, particularly women, though the thousands who do get permits are still subjected to long waits and checkpoints and searches by armed Israeli forces.

Throughout Ramadan, Israeli forces have been allowing only women, children under the age of 12 and men above the age of 40 to enter.

At the Qalandiya checkpoint in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, young Palestinian men who were denied entry through the checkpoint by Israeli soldiers used ladders to climb over Israel's separation wall.

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