Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Hamas condemns explosion targeting Pals PM

Hamas condemns explosion targeting Pals PM

"The attack on the Prime Minister's convoy is an attack on the unity of the Palestinian people", he said.

Hamdallah was not injured in the explosion, which occurred shortly after his convoy entered for a rare visit to the territory, a security source in the convoy said.

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

He arrived in Hamas-run Gaza to inaugurate the sewage plant and said there that the attack will "not deter from seeking to end the bitter split".

He had been expected to hold a number of other engagements before leaving. No one was injured and security services had begun an investigation, ministry spokesman Eyad Al-Bozom said.

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

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"Solving the situation in Gaza is vital for humanitarian reasons, important for the security of Egypt and Israel and is a necessary step toward reaching a comprehensive peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, including Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank".

Two cars with blown-out windows were being removed from the scene of the explosion shortly afterwards, an AFP correspondent reported.

Hamas and Abbas's Palestinian Authority are still divided over how to implement an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal.

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

But Hamas maintains full control of the rest of Gaza, with its police force and armed wing still operating throughout the territory. "We will continue to work diligently to complete our government projects in the Gaza Strip", the PM declared.

The World Bank, European Union and other European governments have paid almost $75 million in funding.

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