Israel has called up a few hundred reservists to beef up security following outbreaks of violence and Palestinian riots at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site.

Friday's decision to draft border police officers came after a week in which Palestinians repeatedly clashed with police at the site in Jerusalem. One Israeli died and several were wounded elsewhere during the week.

Police put thousands of officers on patrol and also banned Muslim men under the age of 40 from praying at the site.

The site, holy to Jews and Muslims, is a frequent flashpoint. Its fate is a core issue at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians view Israeli visits to the area as a provocation.

Smaller clashes continued in Jerusalem and in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday.