JERUSALEM - A 19-year-old Palestinian woman approached Israeli border police with a knife in a tense area of the West Bank on Wednesday and was shot dead by officers, police said.

A police statement said the woman approached officers at the Tapuah junction in the north of the occupied West Bank, ignored orders to stop and pulled the knife.

"At this point the officers shot her," police said, adding that she was killed.

Police identified her as a resident of Asira Al-Shimaliya, a village north of Nablus, which is located near the Tapuah junction. Also known as Zaatara junction and with Israeli settlements nearby, it has been the site of a number of violent incidents.

The Palestinian health ministry said "a woman was killed after being shot by the occupation forces at Zaatara checkpoint."

It identified her as Raheeq Shajeyeh Youssef. The incident comes as Jews celebrate the week-long holiday of Sukkot, the third of three successive Jewish holidays that have led to tensions with the Palestinians in the past.

Last week, Jews marked Yom Kippur, while Rosh Hashanah, or New Year, was the previous week.

A Palestinian gun attack in Jerusalem on October 9 that killed two people raised fears of further violence and Israel has boosted security.

Last year's holiday period led to clashes and marked the start of an upsurge in Palestinian gun, knife and car-ramming attacks.

Thousands of Jews visit the Western Wall in east Jerusalem's Old City during the holiday period, while a smaller number go to the nearby Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

The compound is holy to both Muslims and Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount.

The site is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians fearing Israel may one day seek to assert further control over it.

Violence since October 2015 has killed 234 Palestinians, 36 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were shot dead during protests or clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with the Israeli occupation and settlement-building in the West Bank, comatose peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have fed the unrest.

Israel says incitement by Palestinian leaders and media is a leading cause of the violence.

The vast majority of the attacks have been carried out by lone-wolf assailants, Israeli authorities say. Many have been young people, including teenagers.