Palestinians pray at Islam's third holiest shrine

Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City is still under administration of Palestinian-led Islamic waqf
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Every Friday prayer, the Al-Aqsa Mosque building overflows, with thousands of worshippers who must make their prayers outside in the courtyards of the vast open expanse of the Noble Sanctuary (AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinian women perform the second Friday prayer of Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest shrine, on August 12, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Palestinian man reads the Quran as he sits inside the Al Aqsa Mosque (AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinian men perform the second Friday prayer of Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound (AFP/Getty Images)
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Al Aqsa Mosque is the second oldest mosque in Islam after the Ka'ba in Mecca, and is third in holiness and importance after the mosques in Mecca and Medina (AFP/Getty Images)
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Al-Aqsa Mosque holds up to 400,000 worshippers at one time (AFP/Getty Images)
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On Fridays at noon, during the fasting month of Ramadan, and particularly the 27th of Ramadan (Lailat El-Qadr), the area is filled to virtual capacity (AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinian Muslim worshippers rush out of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. There are 11 gates to Al Aqsa Mosque: 7 of which are open. Of the 4 closed gates, one is the Golden Gate (AFP/Getty Images)
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In accordance with Muslim tradition, men and women are permitted to pray within the covered area but in different sections, 3 times a day (AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinian Muslim worshippers walk out of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after the second Friday prayer of Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jerusalem's old city on August 12, 2011 as thousands of Palestinian Muslims crossed from the West Bank to attend the prayer at Islam's third holiest shrine (AFP/Getty Images)

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