Fighting Continues in Mideast, 1 Killed

JERUSALEM?Israeli troops killed one Palestinian and wounded another Monday as the two were planting a bomb along a road in the West Bank. Earlier, three Israelis were wounded in a shooting attack.

The relatively minor fighting?and a brief incursion into Gaza by Israeli tanks?came as Secretary of State Colin Powell called on the Palestinians to stop violence immediately and insisted that Israel halt settlement construction.

Both Palestinians and Israelis welcomed Powell’s comments, part of what was billed as a major policy speech that he delivered in Kentucky at the University of Louisville.

Palestinian Cabinet minister Nabil Shaath praised Powell’s firm stand against settlement construction. Palestinians want a state in all of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with removal of all Jewish settlements there.

The violence continued Monday.