A number of local and international human rights groups have raised concerns that Israeli security forces have used excessive force when confronting Palestinians [File: Amir Cohen/Reuters]

Israeli forces have shot dead an 18-year-old Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The ministry identified the man as Badawi Masalmeh, adding that Israeli soldiers took his body after he died on Saturday.

The Israeli army said its forces spotted three people hurling firebombs at Israeli vehicles, which local media said belonged to illegal settlers, on a nearby route and fired at them.

The two others were arrested at the scene, near the entrance of an illegal Jewish settlement on the outskirts of Hebron.