Bomb Targets Palestinian Authority PM's Convoy as It Enters Gaza
Mar 13 2018 by Desiree Burns
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 auto bombs after entering the Beit Hanoun crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, Ma'an reported.
However, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was unharmed Tuesday but his Palestinian Authority quickly accused Gaza militants of trying to kill him.
Seven people were injured in the vehicle bomb attack, which blew up three cars and was complemented by gunmen who opened fire on the convoy. One had signs of blood on the door. Gunfire was reported shortly after the explosion. It promised an "urgent" investigation.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesperson, held Hamas responsible for the attack.
The top Palestinian Authority officials made the rare trip from the West Bank for the inauguration of a desalination plant.
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In November, Hamas handed over control of Gaza's border crossings to the Palestinian Authority. "We will still come to Gaza". It was the first tangible concession in years of Egyptian-brokered reconciliation talks.
Hamdallah's visit comes amid a time of crisis in Gaza, where the economy is devastated.
The plant in question was envisioned in 2007 after overburdened sewage reservoirs collapsed, killing five villagers.
Greenblatt reportedly said that the conference will focus on ideas to enhance the Gaza Strip's economy and living conditions, and urged Islamic Hamas movement running the coastal enclave since 2007 to give up armed resistance and commit to peace negotiations.
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. After treatment, the water will be transferred for irrigation and the remainder will be safely dumped to the sea.