Bots getting a 403 when trying to access php pages Centos 7 and Apache

My site is working fine for regular visitors and web browsers, but my phpBBforum pages (it seems any URL with .php in it) is blocking access to bots with a 403. I have been troubleshooting for weeks and it seems it has to be Apache or some security setting on the server that is doing this. Any ideas? I saw a similar question from 8 years ago that went unanswered. Page in question for example is:

If you use the W3 validator or you can see the 403 -

Dying to solve this - Google won’t index my thousands of forum posts due to this issue -


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