PA blames Hamas for assassination attempt after explosion hits PM convoy

After an explosion struck the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza on Tuesday, Fatah accused Hamas of attempting to assassinate the Palestinian politician. Hamdallah was unharmed in the incident and several other people sustained minor injuries, according to reports in Palestinian media.
Rami Hamdallah Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90

An explosion struck the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday as he was entering Gaza for a rare visit, according to Palestinian reports. Seven people reportedly sustained minor injuries and three of the vehicles in the convoy were damaged. Hamdallah was unharmed.

The explosion occurred some 200 meters away from the Erez Border Crossing at the northern end of the Gaza Strip. Head of the PA’s intelligence service Majed Faraj was also part of the convoy as he and Hamdallah arrived in Gaza to inaugurate a new desalination plant project.

In a statement to Palestinian media, the PA accused Hamas of carrying out an assassination attempt. According to a report on the Palestinian news outlet Wafa, PA presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh called the incident “an attack on the unity of the Palestinian people.” Speaking to Palestinian reporters, Hamdallah said in a statement that he was not discouraged by the incident and will continue in his efforts towards Palestinian reconciliation.

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