The Israeli military says it has shot and killed a Palestinian assailant who attacked a soldier with an ax in the West Bank.

It says Thursday's incident occurred near al-Aroub, a village in the southern West Bank. There was no immediate word on the soldier's condition.

The incident was the latest in a seven-month wave of violence. During that time, 28 Israelis and two Americans have been killed in Palestinian attacks, while at least 189 Palestinians have been killed. Israel says most of the dead were attackers, with the rest killed in clashes with troops.