The suicide bombing, the first in Israel for nine months, was claimed jointly by the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Islamic Jihad.

Israeli forces seized a member of Islamic Jihad in Nablus on Wednesday, the army said. The man's wife was seriously wounded during the raid.

A ceasefire agreed between Israel and the Palestinians in November has brought to halt military operations in the Gaza Strip but does not apply to the West Bank were raids continue.