The Israeli army has shot dead a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank at the Zaatara checkpoint south of Nablus city, Palestinian security officials said.

The Israeli military shot and killed 17-year-old Imam Dwikat on Monday after soldiers encountered a group of stone throwing Palestinians near the Zaatara checkpoint. Another 19-year-old Palestinian was wounded in the same incident.

Israeli forces said they had fired warning shots in the air and when those shots did not disperse the crowd, the soldiers responded with live fire. A military investigation is under way.

Nearly 20 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army in the West Bank since June, according to an AFP tally.

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