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Photograph: EPA/ATEF SAFADI

Thousands of Catholic Christians including Palestinian and international pilgrims participated in the annual Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's Old City, marching along the narrow paths Jesus is believed to have walked to his crucifixion.

Participants carrying wooden crosses of all sizes filled the street near a school on Via Dolorosa not far from Lions Gate, one of the gates of the Old City, before marching toward the Holy Sepulchre, where tradition says that Jesus was buried.

Israeli police closed several roads to the Old City and particularly to Via Dolorosa and the Holy Sepulchre to limit the number of people reaching the area.

Muslims, who usually take the same route to reach al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the weekly Friday prayers, were diverted to an alternate route to reach the mosque.

Easter celebrates the Christian belief that Jesus, after being crucified by the Romans and buried, was resurrected three days later.

Orthodox churches, which follow a different calendar, celebrate Easter this year at the end of April.

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