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Explosion strikes Palestinian PM's convoy in Gaza

Explosion strikes Palestinian PM's convoy in Gaza

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and the head of his Preventive Security Majid Faraj survived an assassination attempt upon their arrival in the Gaza Strip Tuesday morning, as their convoy was attacked by three vehicle bombs after entering the Beit Hanoun crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, Ma'an reported. Hamas security forces then sealed off the area.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesperson, held Hamas responsible for the attack.

Hamas has ruled Gaza since it ousted the Fatah-led PA in 2007.

Hamdallah was not hurt and a short time later attended the inauguration of a sewage plant.

Hamas blamed the killing of Faqha on Israel.

Hamas criticised Abbas's accusation, saying it "achieved the goals of the criminals".




Hamdallah, accompanied by Palestinian Intelligence Chief Majid Faraj, visited Gaza, controlled by the Islamic Hamas movement, to overlook the opening of a desalination plant there.

The two major Palestinian factions signed a reconciliation agreement in October that was supposed to see the Islamists hand over power, but it has all but collapsed.

Mr Hamdallah and Hamas leaders were due to meet an Egyptian security delegation during this visit to discuss ways to overcome their differences.

Hamdallah's government is recognised by the worldwide community, while Hamas is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States. "We will still come to Gaza".

The ties between Palestine and the United States have been witnessing rising tensions since last October, and peaked when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized on December 6, 2017 Jerusalem as a capital of Israel and ordered the moving of the U.S. embassy to the city.