Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets toward Jerusalem, setting off air raid sirens throughout the city, with at least one person injured.
Shortly after the sirens sounded, explosions could be heard in the area.
The Israeli Army said there was an initial burst of seven anti-tank missiles, one of which was intercepted, and rocket fire was continuing.
Abu Obeida, spokesman for Hamas military wing, said the attack was a response to what he called Israeli “crimes and aggression” in Jerusalem after cops raided a mosque with tear gas and rubber bullets.
“This is a message the enemy has to understand well”, he said.
He threatened more attacks if Israel again invades the sacred Al-Aqsa compound or carries out evictions of Palestinian families in a neighborhood of east Jerusalem.
The Israeli military responded with airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, with one appearing to target a senior Hamas military commander.
Israel Defense Force’s spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the military had a “green light” to hit targets until Hamas “gets the message and learns its lesson.”
A man clashes with an Israeli cop Violence erupted after Israeli officers stormed a mosque in the city
Health officials in Gaza said nine people had been killed, including three children, in the airstrikes.
As Israel celebrated “Jerusalem Day” today, marking its capture of eastern sections of the holy city in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, violence erupted at the Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third most sacred site.
Violence erupted for a third night in a row with many were struck by rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas ahead of a planned Jewish nationalist march.
At least 220 were injured when security forces charged Al-Aqsa, claiming that Palestinians had thrown fireworks and rocks at them.
More than a dozen tear gas canisters and stun grenades landed in the mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, according to reports.
Some 153 who were hospitalised, Palestinian medics said.
Four of the injured were in serious condition. Police said nine officers were hurt too.
Shocking video shared on social media also showed the moment a driver rammed into a group of people near the Lions’ Gate as clashes continued at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.
It is thought that the driver lost control after Palestinian protesters hurled rocks at the car.
At least 460 Palestinians have been hurt in total as consecutive days of fighting flared up at the mosque, with more than 20 officers also injured.
Today’s confrontation is the latest after days of mounting tensions between Palestinians and Israeli troops in the Old City of Jerusalem, the emotional ground zero of the conflict.
The site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is also considered the holiest site in Judaism. The compound has been the trigger for rounds of Israel-Palestinian violence in the past.
In the early hours of this morning, protesters barricaded gates to the walled compound with wooden boards and scrap metal, reports say.
Then, after 7am clashes erupted, those inside the compound threw stones at police deployed outside. Cops entered the compound, firing tear gas and stun grenades.
At some point, about 400 people, both young protesters and older worshippers, were inside the carpeted Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Police said protesters hurled stones at officers and onto an adjoining roadway near the Western Wall, where thousands of Israeli Jews had gathered to pray.
Recent clashes in Jerusalem have raised international concern about wider conflict and the White House called on Israel to ensure calm during “Jerusalem Day”.
The Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem has also been a focal point of Palestinian protests during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Several Palestinian families face eviction, under Israeli court order, from homes claimed by Jewish settlers in a long-running legal case.
In an effort to defuse tensions, police changed the route of a traditional march, in which thousands of Israeli flag-waving Jewish youth walk through the Old City.