Early on Saturday morning unknown gunmen attacked the house of Colonel Suleiman Khader, commander of the second battalion of the Palestinian Authority’s national security forces, local media sources reported.

In a drive-by shooting, a number of gunmen opened fire at Khader's house, which is located in the Zahra residential town in southern Gaza City. They destryed the house’s front door and caused a fire to start inside.

Palestinian security personnel in the area traded gun fire with the attackers, no casualties were reported.

At least five Palestinian residents have been killed over the past 24 hours during family clashes in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. Such developments are the fiercest since rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, agreed to a ceasefire in the Saudi Arabian city of Makkah two weeks ago.

The Makkah deal prohibited Palestinian bloodshed and committed both sides to end all forms of infighting, as the death toll over the past three months has mounted to about 130.