Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Explosion targets Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah as his convoy enters Gaza

Explosion targets Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah as his convoy enters Gaza

A roadside bomb went off as the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and intelligence chief Majed Faraj entered the Gaza Strip from Israel.

"We condemn the crime of targeting the convoy of Dr. Rami Hamdallah", said a Hamas statement posted on Twitter.

Hamdallah appeared on television shortly after the explosion as he opened a plant in the territory.

The incident took place amid heightened tensions between the main Palestinian factions over the implementation of a reconciliation deal signed previous year.

An explosion has struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister during a rare visit to Gaza, sparking fears of an assassination attempt.

Three of the vehicles in Hamdallah's convoy were damaged, their windows blown out.

The Hamas interior ministry confirmed there had been an explosion and said security forces were investigating the incident.

The Authority said it held the enclave's dominant Hamas group responsible for the attack, stopping short of directly accusing the group of carrying out the assault, but suggesting it had failed to provide adequate security.

"The attack against the government of consensus is an attack against the unity of the Palestinian people", said Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have been ruled separately since a rift between Hamas and Mr Abbas's Fatah faction erupted in violence in 2007.

He was also met with senior Hamas officials to discuss reconciliation talks between Hamas and the PA.

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