It is customary for Israeli forces to exhibit increased levels of violence against Palestinians gathering in the area during the fasting month of Ramadan.
On Saturday, Israeli police arrested four Palestinians during a night of tensions in the Old City of al-Quds.
But regime forces resorted to more violent means of crackdown on Sunday, hurling stun grenades and gas canisters and severely beating worshipers returning from evening prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
At least 20 Palestinians were injured in the clashes and 10 were detained, mostly by plain-clothed officers who embedded themselves into the crowd.
Palestinians in return threw rocks and other projectiles toward the Israeli forces.
Early in the day, dozens of illegal Jewish settlers — escorted by Israeli forces– stormed al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied al-Quds. This happened as the Israeli police imposed movement restrictions on Muslim worshipers at the mosque’s entrances and gates on the second day of Ramadan.
Tensions are boiling across the occupied territories after Israeli forces shot dead three Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin on Saturday.
The Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad said the victims were its members, identifying them as Saeb Abhera, 30, Khalil Tawalbeh, 24, and Saif Abu Libdeh, 25
The Palestinian resistance movement described the killings as an aggression against all Palestinians and an assault on the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan. It vowed that the blood of the martyrs will not have been in vain.
Palestinians have ramped up their retaliatory attacks against Israeli forces in recent weeks, carrying out a series of operations that have killed at least 11 Israelis since March 22. Eight Palestinians have also been killed during the same period.
On Tuesday night, a Palestinian man identified as Diaa Hamarsheh killed five Israelis, including a policeman, before being shot dead in the ultra-orthodox town of Bnei Brak east of Tel Aviv.
The operation came days after two Palestinian gunmen killed two Israeli forces and wounded four others in a shooting attack in the northern Israeli city of Hadera before being shot dead.