Israeli officials say a Palestinian attacker stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli woman in the West Bank before being shot.

The military says the attacker entered the Tekoa settlement and stabbed the 30-year-old woman. He was then shot by the settlement's head of security.

Eli Bin, the head of Israel's rescue service MDA, told Israeli Channel 10 TV that the woman was seriously wounded. The attacker's condition was not immediately known.

Monday's attack was the latest in a four month-long wave of violence that shows no sign of abating. Palestinian attacks have killed 25 Israelis and an American student. At least 146 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, of whom 101 are said by Israel to have been attackers. The rest have been in clashes with Israeli troops.