Israeli military and medical sources reported on Thursday at night that one Israeli policeman, member of the Border Guard Units,  in addition to two Palestinian fighters, were  killed, and four other Israelis, including a female soldier, were injured in two separate Palestinian attacks that took place in the Jerusalem area. The sources stated that the policeman was killed and one policewoman was injured  in a shooting attack carried by Palestinian fighters against the Ras Khamis Israeli military roadblock, near Shu’fat town, north of Jerusalem.

The Maan News Agency reported that a previously unknown groups, calling itself The Return and Struggle Brigades, claimed responsibility for the attack, the groups is apparently affiliated with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fateh movement.

In a separate attack, three Israeli settlers were injured in Kibbutz Atzion near Hebron after two Palestinian fighters managed to infiltrate into the Kibbutz and fired at the settlers.

The fighters infiltrated into a building, apparently used as a Yeshiva. One of them carried a knife while the other carried a gun, according to Israeli military sources. The two Palestinians were killed in the attack.

Israeli Ynetnews reported that Shaul Goldstein, head of the Gush Etzion Council, stated that the two Palestinians were shot and killed by one of the Yeshiva students.

Israeli troops flooded to the scene and initiated a probe into the incident after sealing the area. the army also initiated a large-scaled search campaign in the area.