Israeli troops have shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian during clashes at a refugee camp near Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, medics have said.

Jihad al-Jafari was killed after soldiers entered the Dheishe camp before dawn on Tuesday, sparking clashes with stone-throwing locals, according to medics and witnesses.

During the incident, Jafari went up onto a rooftop and was hit in the chest by a bullet, they said.

Medics took his body for an autopsy at the Abu Dis forensic institute near occupied East Jerusalem.

The army confirmed a shooting incident happened inside the camp, saying troops opened fire after coming under attack by people throwing stones and incendiary devices, which injured a soldier.

"After trying in vain to disperse the crowd of attackers, our forces felt in danger and opened fire at the leader of the rioters, who was hit," a spokeswoman for the Israeli army said, without elaborating.

Source: Agencies