JERUSALEM, FEB. 6 -- A Palestinian woman was killed and five others were wounded when Israeli troops opened fire on rock throwers in West Bank villages, the Army and Israeli radio said today.

Meanwhile, Israel Housing Minister David Levy announced today that three new Jewish settlements would be built near Arab villages in the northern West Bank.

The Army confirmed that a woman was killed in the Arrub refugee camp near Hebron. State-run Israel Radio reported the woman was in a crowd of hundreds of refugees who threw stones at soldiers in a violent demonstration inside the camp. The troops first fired rubber bullets into the crowd, but shot live ammunition when they feared for their lives, the radio said.

Two Arabs were wounded by Army gunfire in Jebel Jalis, and another was wounded in Bani Naim, both east of Hebron. In Tubas, nine miles north of Nablus, the West Bank's largest city, one Palestinian was wounded when soldiers fired at the legs of demonstrators, the Army said.

Police clashed with hundreds of Palestinians setting up roadblocks and throwing stones in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Police responded with tear gas and bulldozers to clear the roadblocks.

Israeli radio reported similar episodes in the east Jerusalem neighborhoods of Abu Tor and Anatot, on Mount Scopus and in Mishkenot Sheananim, a restored artists' colony overlooking the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.

Right-wing Housing Minister David Levy said Israel would break ground at three settlements near Arab villages, adding that long-deferred plans for the settlements were being implemented because of disturbances in the territories.

{In Washington, Arab League Ambassador Clovies Maksoud said, "Israel's announcement must be met with vigorous U.S. opposition if any credibility is to be sustained for U.S. efforts."}