Israeli forces on West Bank raid kill Palestinian - hospital

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed a Palestinian during a raid on Monday in the occupied West Bank, a local hospital said.

The Islamic Jihad militant group issued a statement mourning the man's death, but did not immediately claim his as a member.

Israel's paramilitary border police said undercover forces opened fire at Palestinians who hurled explosive devices at them at close range after they detained a wanted militant in the West Bank city of Nablus and seized an assault rifle in his home.

In a statement, the border police said one of the Palestinians who threw the explosives towards the unit was hit by the Israeli gunfire. Officials at a local hospital said he died of his wounds.

Israel captured the West Bank in a 1967 war. Palestinians seek to establish a state in the territory and in the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.

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Reporting by Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi, writing by Jeffrey Heller, editing by Richard Pullin

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