Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Hamas condemns explosion targeting Pals PM

Fishermen sit together on a fishing boat at a shore in Gaza City Gaza Fishermen sit together on a fishing boat at a shore in Gaza City Gaza
Melinda Barton | 13 March, 2018, 12:55

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.

Hamdallah is based in West Bank, and was in Gaza to inaugurate a sewage plant.

Media reports said Hamdallah was unhurt, but several bystanders were injured.

Neither Hamdallah nor Faraj were among those injured in the incident, and the Prime Minister continued his schedule as planned.

This is a developing story.

Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh condemned the attack and held Hamas, the de facto power in Gaza, responsible.

An explosion has struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister during a rare visit to Gaza, sparking fears of an assassination attempt.

Top official of the left wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Kayed Al-ghoul told Xinhua that the White House "is aiming at reestablishing the USA role in managing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by its various dimensions", and added that "Washington wants to use the conference as a blackmail tool against the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to make the Palestinians accept the liquidation project of the century deal".

Hamas and Abbas's Palestinian Authority are still divided over how to implement an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal. "We will continue to work diligently to complete our government projects in the Gaza Strip", the PM declared.

In November, Hamas handed over control of Gaza's border crossings to the Palestinian Authority.

The Washington Post reported last Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt said the White House will hold a conference this week to look into saving the situation in Gaza.

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

The World Bank, European Union and other European governments have paid almost US$75 million (NZ$102 million) in funding.