(Palestinians continue to protest about the building of Israeli settlements on the West Bank.)

Man ‘killed by Israeli fire in West Bank’

The Palestinian Health Ministry said Saddam Hussein Beni Odeh, 26, was shot by Israeli soldiers at the entrance to Tammun, a town near the northern city of Nablus.

Many Palestinians admired the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein – who attacked Israel with Scud missiles during the first Gulf War in 1991 – and named their children after him.

The circumstances of the shooting were unclear, and the Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Israel’s forces often conduct arrest raids in the occupied West Bank, even in areas under control of the Palestinian Authority, the internationally recognised entity that has limited autonomy in parts of the area.

Palestinians often throw stones or firebombs at Israeli patrols, drawing live fire in return.

In recent months, the West Bank has seen an increase in violence.

Last week, a 13-year-old boy was killed by Israeli fire during clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians.

Nearly 500,000 Jewish settlers live in more than 130 settlements scattered across the West Bank.

The Palestinians view the settlements as the main obstacle to the creation of a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel, which is still seen internationally as the only way to resolve the conflict.

Read the article in The Canberra Times (AAP).