B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organisation, accused authorities of using “excessive and unjustified force” in a crackdown that saw men under 50 barred from the Old City.
The group said around 120 people were injured by tear gas inhalation, gunshot wounds, stun grenades and other police measures in Jerusalem on Friday.
The crisis began earlier this month when Palestinian gunmen killed two Israel police officers near the al-Aqsa mosque.
In response, Israel installed metal detectors at the site, sparking fresh allegations that it was trying to expand its control under the guise of security, which Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has repeatedly denied.
Israeli authorities said the metal detectors were needed to prevent future attacks.
Sources: BNI and Independent