At least six Palestinians have reportedly been injured after Israeli police forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in to disperse Muslim worshipers.
Palestinian sources said that Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the worshipers holding protests in the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday.
Israel claimed that the situation was calm and denied that rubber bullets had been fired.
An Israeli police spokesman, said that the police force dispersed about 20 masked protesters who were inside the compound.
The police added that protesters had thrown stones at visitors to the complex.
The area, known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as the Temple Mount, has been a frequent flash-point for conflicts before, with even low-level scuffles escalating into drawn-out battles.
Sherine Tadros, reporting for Al Jazeera from Al-Quds (Jerusalem ) on Sunday, said: "This was all sparked early this morning when - according to the Israeli police - there was a group of tourists entering the Al-Aqsa compound in the Old City.
"They were pelted with rocks by the Palestinian demonstrators [who] decided to keep on with their resistance to the entry of these tourists into the Haram compound.
"That sparked clashes outside and near the area, which has resulted in an escalation ... outside the walls of the Old City."
Reporting later from the scene, Al-Jazeera correspondent said: "There's a heavy police presence but it does seem calm now."
Al-Jazeera TV channel said that the Isreli forces blocked entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque and that six Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets.
A visit to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in 2000 by Ariel Sharon, then an Israeli opposition leader and later prime minister, is blamed for igniting deadly clashes that escalated into the popular Palestinian uprising known as al-Aqsa Intifada.