An IDF soldier stands on one of the concrete blocks controlling the men's entrance to the Qalandia checkpoint

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Thousands tried to cross through Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank into Jerusalem Friday, using a once-a-year opportunity afforded to many to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan. The checkpoint is run and staffed by the IDF, and while regulations were somewhat more relaxed this year, men under 40 were not permitted to cross to pray in Jerusalem.

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