The Israeli army says Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian gunman during a clash in the northern West Bank.

Army officials say Israeli soldiers were conducting a routine patrol early Sunday north of the city of Jenin when they spotted three armed men. The soldiers opened fire on the group, killing one of them. There were no Israeli casualties.

Shooting incidents in the northern West Bank have increased in the past two weeks after Israeli troops began raids in the area.

Israel completed a withdrawal from the Gaza Strips and four Jewish settlements in the northern West Bank last month.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.