Palestinian killed in Israeli military operation in West Bank

An Israeli soldier fires a smoke grenade towards students from Birzeit University (background) during clashes at the entrance of the Israeli Ofer military prison, near the West Bank village of Betunia, on Dec 13, 2014, following a march organized aga
An Israeli soldier fires a smoke grenade towards students from Birzeit University (background) during clashes at the entrance of the Israeli Ofer military prison, near the West Bank village of Betunia, on Dec 13, 2014, following a march organized against the death of Ziad Abu Ein. A Palestinian was killed overnight during an Israeli military operation in the Qalandiya refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank, medical and security sources said on Dec 16. -- PHOTO: AFP

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - A Palestinian was killed overnight during an Israeli military operation in the Qalandiya refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank, medical and security sources said Tuesday.

The 22-year-old man was killed when troops entered the camp to make an arrest, triggering clashes with residents, the sources said.

The Israeli army confirmed that its special forces had launched a raid on the camp and said that its troops responded when they came under fire.

It added in a statement that one of the "terrorists" had been hit while a spokeswoman said she did not know whether or not he had been killed.

The incident came with tensions running high in the occupied territories after months of unrest, and follows the death of a senior Palestinian official last week in a confrontation with Israeli troops.

According to an AFP tally, around 20 Palestinians have been killed since June in Israeli army operations in the West Bank.