Blast targets Palestine PM's convoy during rare Gaza visit

Blast targets Palestine PM's convoy during rare Gaza visit

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah's vehicle convoy was damaged by an exploding bomb on Tuesday while entering Gaza.

While their personal security guards have been responsible for their immediate safety, the Hamas-dominated security forces have been in charge of security at the different places to which they have traveled including roads, hotels and government offices.

The prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, wasn't hurt in what officials described as an assassination attempt, but at least seven members of the convoy were injured in the blast, Palestinian Authority officials said.

The visit comes amid ongoing Egypt-backed talks between Hamas and rival Palestinian faction Fatah, from which Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

This theory was reinforced by Hamdallah's appeal to Hamas - shortly after he returned to Ramallah - to hand over security control of the Gaza Strip to the PA government.

The White House is due to hold a conference on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza on Tuesday, but no Palestinian officials are expected to attend despite an invitation.

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The explosion occurred near the spot where a United States diplomatic convoy was blown up by a remote-controlled bomb in 2003 shortly after it entered the Gaza Strip.

Iyad al-Buzom, Gaza's interior ministry spokesperson, said the act of placing blame "has a political dimension", Al Jazeera quoted. Funding will provide urgent food assistance through in-kind vouchers and cash for work opportunities for more than 600,000 Palestine refugees, in Gaza and the West Bank, who have no other means to meet their requirements. Hamas has condemned Trump's recent moves to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to move the U.S. Embassy to the city. Palestinian Authority Minister of Intelligence Majid Faraj, a close ally of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, was also in the convoy. Several other militant groups also operate in Gaza.

He travelled overland, via Israel, to the Gaza Strip and police said the motorcade was attacked near the enclave's northern town of Beit Hanoun.

Hamdallah is making his third visit to Gaza following the beginning of reconciliation efforts between the Authority and Hamas late past year.

Mladenov echoed condemnation levelled at Hamas, who are the ruing party in the Gaza Strip, by the Palestinian Presidential spokesman. One auto door also appears to have blood on it.

Two cars with blown-out windows were removed from the scene of the explosion shortly afterwards, an AFP correspondent reported. "This is about the health, safety and happiness of the people of Gaza, and of all Palestinians, Israelis and Egyptians".

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