A group of unknown gunmen opened fire
and killed a Palestinian judge on Wednesday morning outside of a
courthouse in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources reported.

Bassam Al-Farra, 45, was leaving his car and walking towards the court house of Bani Suheila town east of Khan Younis when he was ambushed by a group of unknown masked gunmen, "who showered him with live rounds", eyewitnesses reported.

Sources in the Gaza strip said that the judge is known for his affiliation with Hamas movement and he also work and a lecturer in Al Quds Open University.

Medical sources in Khnan Younis reported that Al-Farra sustained several wounds with live rounds in his head and died immediately.

Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesperson in the Gaza Strip told the Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV that his movement condemns the attack and it will do its best to "bring those criminals to justice." No Palestinian group has claimed responsibility for the attack until the time of this report.

This attack comes shortly after four Palestinians including three children were killed and five others were injured when a group of unknown gunmen opened fire at a car they were riding in Al Rimal area, in Gaza city, on Monday morning.

The killed four were known as Osamah Bal'ush, 9, his brothers Salam, 6, and Ahmad, 7, the fourth was identified as Mohammad Al Habiel, 25 body guard of the father of the murdered children. The father, Baha Bal'ush, works as a security coordinator for the Palestinian Authority Secret Service in Gaza city.

Barhoum added that the assassination  of Al-Farra is not an attack against Hamas only, yet it is against the rule of law, and demanded the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is in control of the Palestinian security forces, to delegate authority to the government over the security forces.

The Palestinian Ministry of Interior opened an investigation into the incident.

Dozens of residents were killed or injured by unknown gunmen in the Gaza Strip, which indicates the high level of danger of the state of lawlessness in the strip.   Among those targeted where political leaders and officials, while the majority were civilians.