Israeli security forces stand near the scene where a Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli forces at Zaatara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus on Oct. 19, 2016. The Palestinian woman tried to stab Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint, before they opened fire at her, Israeli police said. (Xinhua/Ayman Nobani)
JERUSALEM, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Israeli police said Wednesday that security forces shot and killed a Palestinian woman after she allegedly attempted to stab them near a military post in the West Bank.
The incident took place at the Tapuach Junction, near a cluster of Jewish settlements in the central West Bank.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the suspect was walking toward a force of paramilitary Border Police officers and pulled a knife at them.
Samri said the suspect did not heed the calls of the troops to stop and she was then shot.
The incident came amidst a year-long violence, which has claimed the lives of at least 230 Palestinians and 34 Israelis since September 2015.
Israel says that most of the Palestinians were killed as amidst perpetrating or attempting to carry out stabbing, car-ramming, and shooting attacks.
The Palestinians and human rights organizations say that Israel is using excessive force to quell the uprising, and in many cases kill Palestinians who could be stopped without using lethal force or were mistaken to be attackers.
Israeli leaders accuse the Palestinian National Authority of "inciting" the unrest, while the Palestinians say it is the result of 49 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, where they wish to establish their state.