Presidency condemns attack on prime minister's convoy in Gaza

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

Al-Ahmad also held Hamas responsible for the attack, and demanded the movement to relinquish all responsibilities, including security, to the unity government, in addition to calling on the Egyptian security delegation, now visiting Gaza, to clearly name the parties that are obstructing national unity and reconciliation.

In a statement, Hamas said the targeting of Hamdallah's motorcade was "part of attempt to damage the security of Gaza and deal a blow to efforts to finalise reconciliation". It promised an "urgent" investigation.

His Fatah party said it holds Hamas responsible for the explosion.

The Palestinian Authority has accused militants in Gaza of trying to kill Hamdallah.

Hamdallah arrived in the blockaded strip for a short visit on Tuesday, accompanied by intelligence chief Majd Faraj.

Hamdallah, who was not hurt, left Gaza and was headed back to the West Bank.

The explosion occurred near the spot where a US diplomatic convoy was blown up by a remote-controlled bomb in 2003 shortly after it entered the Gaza Strip. One had signs of blood on the door.

Hamdallah was visiting Gaza in order to attend the inauguration of a wastewater treatment plant and meet officials, reports Efe news agency.

The World Bank, European Union and other European governments have paid almost $75 million in funding.

Greenblatt has several times in recent weeks condemned Gaza's Hamas terrorist rulers for spending their aid money on terror tunnels and rocket attacks instead of on Gazans.

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