Updated April 21, 2022 at 4:12 AM ET TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel's air force and Palestinian militants traded fire across the Gaza frontier early Thursday as clashes erupted again at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, worsening an escalation that has been eerily similar to the lead-up to last year's Israel-Gaza war.
It said the missile failed to hit its target and no injuries or damage were reported.
The latest Israeli-Palestinian tensions boiled over after a series of deadly attacks by Palestinians against Israelis, which then sparked days-long arrest raids by the military in a flashpoint West Bank city and spread into daily clashes in Jerusalem.
Israel says it is maintaining a decades-old status quo at the site, which prevents Jews from praying there.
Police said they attempted to disperse the Palestinians using "riot dispersal means," without elaborating, and that forces did not enter the mosque itself.
Israeli security forces escort a group of Jews outside Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem's Old City, Wednesday, April 20, 2022.