Palestine PM Narrowly Escapes Assassination Attempt in Gaza

Palestine PM Narrowly Escapes Assassination Attempt in Gaza

Palestine PM Narrowly Escapes Assassination Attempt in Gaza

Tensions heated up between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas on Tuesday after the prime minister survived an attack on his motorcade during a rare visit to the Gaza Strip, the latest setback in efforts to mend a decadelong rift.

It said the blast "hurt efforts to achieve unity and reconciliation", promising an "urgent" investigation. Hamas considers this crime as part and parcel of trying to destabilize the security in Gaza Strip and attacking reconciliation and solidarity.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah arrives at the inauguration ceremony of a waste treatment plant after an explosion targeted his convoy, in the northern Gaza Strip, March 13, 2018.

Hamdallah immediately returned to the West Bank after delivering the speech, vowing to continue reconciliation efforts with rival Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza.

The White House is due to hold a conference on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza on Tuesday, but it is unclear whether any Palestinian officials will break their boycott of United States officials to attend.

The explosion came a few hundred metres after Hamdallah's convoy crossed through the Palestinian Authority-run checkpoint into Hamas-controlled territory.

The big conspiracy and the attempt to separate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank should not succeed, he stressed. "It is a risky step aimed at spreading disorder and fighting among our people", Munir al-Jaghoub, who heads Fatah's information department at the Office of Mobilisation and Organisation, said.

The Palestinians were enraged by President Donald Trump's decision to break with longstanding U.S. policy by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Hamas has ceded some government functions and control of Gaza's borders, but it has refused calls to disarm and let Palestinian Authority security forces take over. A source in the law enforcement agencies told Sputnik that members of jihadist groups, that have an ideology similar to that of the Daesh* terrorist group, might be behind the attack.

"As you know, we are here today to consider ideas on how to address the humanitarian challenges in Gaza - a topic that has always been at the forefront of all of our minds", Greenblatt continued.

They said their doubts were based on the fact that the explosive device had been directed only against the last two vehicles in the convoy, which carried Hamdallah's bodyguards. One is Tayeb Abdul Rahim, the secretary general of the government headed by Arafat, and today the secretary general of Abbas' bureau (and also a native of Anabta, like Hamdallah). The visit was also meant as a further gesture to Hamas on the issue of stalled reconciliation talks over Palestinian unity. "This is about the health, safety and happiness of the people of Gaza, and of all Palestinians, Israelis and Egyptians".

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