Crowds mourn Palestinian teen killed in Israeli raid

STORY: The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the death of a 17-year-old. President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killing and Israel's raids in the West Bank, where dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this year.

Violence in the West Bank has surged in recent months as Israel has intensified raids following a spate of lethal Palestinian street attacks in its cities.

The Israeli military said its soldiers came under fire around Jenin, an area of frequent incursions, during a mapping operation the houses of Palestinians involved in a Wednesday clash that left an Israeli officer and two Palestinian gunmen dead.

The mapping was conducted in order to examine the possibility of demolition of the houses, the military said.

"Armed suspects hurled explosive devices and Molotov cocktails and fired toward the soldiers. In response, the soldiers fired toward the suspects. Hits were identified," the military said.

A spokesperson for Abbas said Israel was responsible for the violence.

Israel says it has no choice but to operate in militant strongholds like Jenin.