ISRAELI forces have fired stun grenades at Palestinian demonstrators during clashes at a holy site in Jerusalem.
The violence came as Palestinians across the West Bank and in east Jerusalem staged a “day of anger” and general strike in support of the residents of Gaza.
Palestinian protesters faced off in demonstration at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, where hostilities have also surged in recent weeks.
At least nine people were arrested for throwing stones and bottles at police.
Tear gas was fired at demonstrators and water cannon along with mounted police deployed as Palestinians were sent running from the flash of stun grenades.
Damascus Gate is around half a mile from the Temple Mount where clashes last Monday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, led to Hamas launching its rocket assault on Israel.
Hamas has launched nearly 3,500 rockets at Israel since then, often forcing people in southern Israel into bomb shelters around the clock.
As the violence flared, another volley of rockets was fired today at the southern Eshkol region, killing two Thai nationals working in a factory and wounding several others.
The death toll on the Israeli side to has now reached 12, including two children.
“The fighting will not cease until we bring total and long-term quiet,” Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said, blaming Hamas for the worst escalation in Israeli-Palestinian fighting in years.
Yesterday, Israel came also came under rocket attack from Lebanon, believed to have been launched by terror group Hezbollah.
As violence flared in Damascus Gate, there were also clashes in the nearby east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah
Police used stun grenades and “skunk water” cannon to disperse some 200 protesters who police said “expressed support for terror”.
Meanwhile Israeli troops were targeted by gunfire in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the army said, as the Palestinian health ministry said a man was killed in a separate shooting.
The military conflict was sparked after clashes broke out after Israeli forces clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians on May 7.
Israel has continued air strikes launched last Monday in response to rocket fire from Hamas towards Jerusalem after violence at the flashpoint al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The strikes reportedly destroyed the homes of nine Hamas leaders, weapons stores and a network of terror tunnels in just 20 minutes.
This followed a crackdown against protests over planned evictions of Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of east Jerusalem.
Gaza medical officials say 213 Palestinians have been killed, including 61 children and 36 women, and more than 1,400 wounded.
Nearly 450 buildings in the Gaza strip have been destroyed or badly damaged, including six hospitals and nine primary care health centres, the United Nations humanitarian agency said.