PA blames Hamas for bomb targeting PM convoy
Watch: Explosion targets Palestinian PM’s convoy in GazaThe explosion that targeted Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy in Gaza on Tuesday was caught on tape by a local resident. Hamdallah survived without sustaining any injuries.
A resident of the Gaza Strip recorded the explosion that targeted the convoy of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah while he was visiting Gaza. In the footage, the explosion is heard as black smoke fills the air. The assassination attempt took place on Tuesday shortly after Hamdallah’s convoy entered Gaza through the Erez Border Crossing. The PA has confirmed that Hamdallah was not injured.
Watch: Footage of the attack
Several suspects have already been arrested. In a statement to Palestinian media, the PA held Hamas responsible for the assassination attempt. PA presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told the Wafa news agency that the attack was “a cowardly act aimed at harming national unity.”
No one was killed in the explosion but seven of Hamdallah’s bodyguards were injured. In addition, three cars were damaged. Majed Faraj, the head of the PA’s intelligence service, was also part of the delegation from Ramallah. Faraj and Hamdallah arrived in the coastal enclave to inaugurate a new desalination plant project.
As reported earlier by JOL, Hamas condemned the attack in a statement released on its English language website, saying that the explosion was an attempt to undermine the Palestinian reconciliation efforts. The terrorist group claimed that the assassination attempt was carried out by those responsible for the assassination of senior Hamas member Mazen Fuqaha and the attempt on Tawfik Abu Naim’s life. At the times of the incidents, Hamas blamed Israel.
Hamas condemns the crime of targeting the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamadallah, considering it part of the attempt aiming to destabilise security in Gaza and to foil efforts to achieve national unity. pic.twitter.com/ZoyNYn2oPm— Hamas Movement (@HamasInfoEn) March 13, 2018
Hamdallah continued his schedule in Gaza as planned despite the attack. Hours later, he returned to Ramallah, where he was greeted by a large crowd of supporters, according to Wafa.
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