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In photos: Israeli checkpoints gridlocked as Palestinians head to Aqsa

June 26, 2015 4:59 P.M. (Updated: June 26, 2015 5:09 P.M.)
Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, June 26, 2015. (MaanImages)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) --Thousands of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank headed to Jerusalem via Checkpoint 300 in northern Bethlehem to pray in the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the 2nd Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.

Israeli forces allowed women of all ages and men above 40 to cross.

Strict Israeli security measures were imposed at the checkpoint, while thousands of Israeli policemen and border guards were deployed at the entrances and streets across Jerusalem early Friday.

Checkpoint 300 was built in 2005 two kilometers inside of the green line, despite rulings by the International Court of Justice that the separation wall was deemed illegal in 2004.

High numbers of Palestinians, especially construction laborers, cross through the checkpoint every day, facing frequent overcrowding and often waiting for hours in line due to Israeli security measures.

Israel maintains severe restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement through a complex combination of fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, roads forbidden to Palestinians but open exclusively to Jewish settlers, and various other physical obstructions.

At any given time there are about 100 permanent Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank, while surprise flying checkpoints often number into the hundreds.

Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, June 26, 2015. (MaanImages/ Muhammad Sbeih)

Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, June 26, 2015. (MaanImages/ Mohammad Sbeih)

Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, June 26, 2015. (MaanImages/ Mohammad Sbeih)

Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, June 26, 2015. (MaanImages/ Mohammad Sbeih)

Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, June 26, 2015. (MaanImages/ Mohammad Sbeih)

Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, June 26, 2015. (MaanImages/ Mohammad Sbeih)

Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, June 26, 2015. (MaanImages/ Mohammad Sbeih)

Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, June 26, 2015. (MaanImages/ Mohammad Sbeih)
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