Police clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem

East Jerusalem was on edge in the early hours of Saturday (April 24) as Palestinians faced off with Israeli police.

Palestinian youths gathered outside the walled Old City and clashed with hundreds of police in riot gear.

They pelted stones towards police, who in turn, fired water cannons. Others hurled rocks at an Israeli court building and smashed security cameras.

The Palestine Red Crescent said at least eight Palestinians were wounded.

Jerusalem - which is a holy city to Muslims, Christians and Jews - has experienced clashes almost every night since the start of Ramadan on April 13.

Protests turned violent on Thursday (April 22) with scores of arrests and injuries.

Palestinians say police are preventing them from gathering during the Muslim holy month,

And that they’ve erected metal barriers to stop them.

Israelis have been angered by social media videos showing Palestinian youths assaulting religious Jews in the city.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military said, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Saturday drawing retaliatory airstrikes.

This came soon after Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas and other armed groups issued a joint call for Palestinian resistance in Jerusalem.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in Gaza or on the Israeli side of the border where most the rockets fell in open areas and six were intercepted.