Dozens of unknown masked militants assassinated on Wednesday predawn retired high-ranking Palestinian security official General Musa Arafat, 61, after storming his home in the Gaza City, well-informed security sources said.
The sources said that a group of masked militants stormed General Arafat's home in the neighborhood of "Tal al-Hawa" in the southern part of the city, threw hand grenades at the house and clashed with his personal bodyguards.
The sources added that the militants shot General Arafat immediately and killed him, and also abducted his son Manhal, 29, who is considered his father's right arm.
Medical sources at al-Quds Hospital that run by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in the city confirmed that General Arafat arrived dead at the hospital.
Witnesses and neighbors living in the area said that they heard about four explosions as a result of throwing hand grenades, and then they heard intensive gunfire, after the militants and General Arafat's bodyguards traded fire.
No one has claimed responsibility for killing General Arafat and abducting his son Manhal, but the Palestinian security forces had immediately opened an investigation on the circumstances of the assault.
General Arafat is a nephew to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who died on Nov. 11 last year in a hospital in France after he suffered a mysterious disease.
General Arafat, who was born in Jaffa in Israel before 1948, returned to Gaza after Israel and the Palestinians signed Oslo Accords in 1994, where the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) was established.
Late Arafat nominated General Arafat as the chief of the military intelligence, and then he was promoted as the chief of the Palestinian National Security Forces shortly before Arafat passed away.
General Arafat retired after the Palestinian leadership decided to implement the law and make reforms into the Palestinian security and civil institutions. He was later named as a military advisor to current Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.