Clashes over Israeli police and Palestinians at a holy site in Jerusalem

There have been clashes over Israeli riot police and young Palestinian protesters at a holy site in Jerusalem early Sunday.

A small group of masked young Palestinians threw stones and firecrackers at Israeli police at a main entrance, according to officials.

Police responded with stun grenades and fired tear gas and then the crowd was quickly dispersed.

Fortunately, no one has injured in this incident.

The clashes occurred at the site known as Haram al-Sharif to Muslims and as the Temple Mount to Jews.

The site has a frequent crashes and violence in recent weeks, which has risen tensions ahead of a major Jewish holiday.

Palestinian protesters barricaded themselves inside the al-Aqsa mosque overnight after the clashes with police.

“No other option was left but to initiate a seizure of the dangerous weapons that were intended to harm visitors and police and to endanger their lives,” Israeli police said in a statement.

Israel has prohibited Muslim men under the age of 50 from worshipping at the site on occasion.

However, there is suspect among Palestinians that Israel is planning to change the delicate status quo at the holy site, which allows Jews to visit the site but not pray there.

Israel’s prime minister has insisted he is committed to maintaining it.