A Palestinian security officer has been shot dead and another wounded in the Deir El Balah city in the central Gaza Strip.

Palestinian security sources said that Hussain Alselhi, 31 and Mousa Rjelat, 28, of the intelligence service, were driving past the town’s cemetery when another car, loaded with masked gunmen, intercepted them and forced them out, then sprayed them with several bullets.

Sources at the Deir El Balah’s Al-qsa Martyrs hospital confirmed the death of tAlselhi and moderate injury of his companion Rjailat.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Gaza Strip has been hit by renewed internal unrest over the past few days, as rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have concluded the line-up of the Palestinian unity government, which is expected to be made public on Saturday.

Hamas and Fatah agreed in February to a ceasefire during talks in the Saudi Arabian city of Makkah, ending months of internecine infighting that has claimed the lives of hundreds of Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others.