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Palestinian Presidency Blames Hamas for Blast 'Targeting' PM's Convoy in Gaza

Tuesday 13/March/2018 - 11:02 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited By: Nada Moustafa
According to media reports citing police، the official is safe and attending a scheduled event after the incident، Sputnik News Agency reported.

The Palestinian presidency has blamed Hamas for an explosion، which it says targeted the prime minister's convoy، which entered the Gaza Strip earlier in the day.

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah hasn't been hurt in the incident and is attending a scheduled event، Reuters reported.

The official has been accompanied during his rare visit to Gaza by PA intelligence chief Majed Faraj to participate in the inauguration of a wastewater treatment plant.

Several bystanders have reportedly been injured in the blast; their condition remains unknown.

This has been his second visit to the Gaza Strip since the signing of an Egyptian-brokered “reconciliation” deal between the West Bank’s governing Fatah faction، headed by Abbas، and Hamas in 2017. However، in February 2018، Nabil Shaath، the foreign affairs adviser of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas، told Sputnik that the intra-Palestinian reconciliation process has been put on hold as the Hamas movement had not yet relinquished administrative control over the Gaza Strip.

Hamas faction has ruled Gaza since it ousted the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in 2007.

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