In pictures: Ramadan prayers at al-Aqsa mosque

'Great feeling'

At the checkpoint, men and women are split into separate queues.

Bahgat is through the initial ID check within a few minutes, but his brother, as expected, is turned away.

"Itís a great feeling to be going to al-Aqsa. I canít describe it," says Bahgat, a father of five who has spent much of his life as a truck driver. "But I feel sorry for those who can't come. I feel like we're not equal."

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