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In photos: Israel imposes Ramadan restrictions at Bethlehem checkpoint

July 3, 2015 11:04 A.M. (Updated: April 3, 2017 7:13 P.M.)
(MaanImages/Muhammad Sbeih)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces deployed heavily at the 300 Checkpoint in Bethlehem on Friday as restrictions announced during the week were imposed on Palestinian worshipers.

A Ma'an reporter said Israeli forces prevented men under 50 and women under 30 from entering Jerusalem, while children under 12 and girls under 16 were allowed to enter.

The Bethlehem checkpoint is the main crossing point into Israel for the southern West Bank, with thousands travelling from other towns and villages to enter Jerusalem.

Ramadan often offers a rare opportunity for Palestinians to visit East Jerusalem, part of the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel, as entry to the city remains strictly limited during the rest of the year.

Comments
spb / usa
what restriction everyone looks happy and in 1 picture an Israeli police is helping an elderly woman
03/07/2015 13:27
Arnold / How humiliating
You can see the hatred in the eyes of the man staring at the IDF when presenting his ID. This is a far cry from the freedom of passage Palestinians had before the 1st intifada . I blame all this on Poor Palestinian leadership. This Ramadam has proven to be deadly on both sides
03/07/2015 14:32
Outlier / USA
Another consequence of intafadas one and two. Palestinians deserve better leadership, but likely won't get that leadership for years, if not decades.
03/07/2015 18:08
Kahn / USA
Entire Muslim's nation needs better leader ship Like Hadrat Omar Farouk (RA)
I do not see any other future. Only DIVINE intervention's that is the only HOPE LEFT.
04/07/2015 21:49
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