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Blast targets Palestinian PM Hamdallah's convoy during rare Gaza visit

13 March, 2018 9:30 AM
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Mr. Hamdallah was not injured in the explosion.

An explosion targeted Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy as he arrived in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday for a rare visit, lightly wounding seven people, officials and witnesses said.

Mr. Hamdallah was not injured in the explosion, which occurred shortly after his convoy entered the territory run by Islamist movement Hamas, a security source in the convoy said.

Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj was part of the convoy but was not hurt either, the security source said.

A statement on official Palestinian media said president Mahmud Abbas considered it a “cowardly targeting” of Mr. Hamdallah’s convoy and held his rivals Hamas responsible.

Mr. Hamdallah appeared on television shortly after the explosion as he opened a plant in the territory.


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