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Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank-medics

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NABLUS, West Bank, May 5 (Reuters) Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian youth during a raid in the West bank today, Palestinian witnesses and hospital sources said.

They said Mohammed al-Khutoub, 19, had been among a group of people throwing stones to protest a raid by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said Israeli forces had been on an operation in the city and had arrested a wanted member of militant group The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

''During the activity there was a riot around the force,'' the spokeswoman said. ''The force identified a Palestinian man who was ready to throw a Molotov cocktail at them and they opened fire and identified hitting him.'' The spokeswoman added that a second Palestinian was shot in the leg during the raid as he tried to detonate an explosive device.

Israeli forces frequently raid West Bank towns searching for wanted militants.

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