Gaza blast targets Palestinian PM Hamdallah's convoy


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

An explosion went off Tuesday morning near a convoy carrying Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who is visiting the Gaza Strip. It condemned the Gaza explosion, calling it a crime and an attempt to "hurt efforts to achieve unity and reconciliation".

The PA said it condemned the bombing and holds Hamas responsible. It promised an "urgent" investigation. The takeover left the Palestinians with two rival governments, Hamas in Gaza and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority governing autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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Hamdallah, accompanied by Palestinian Intelligence Chief Majid Faraj, visited Gaza, controlled by the Islamic Hamas movement, to overlook the opening of a desalination plant there. "We will still come to Gaza".

It said it would not derail Hamdallah's visit, which comes as reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Abbas's Fatah party falters.

The Washington Post reported last Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt said the White House will hold a conference this week to look into saving the situation in Gaza.

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Although no one has claimed responsibility for the explosion yet, the Palestinian National Authority blamed Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza.

The plant was envisioned in 2007 after overburdened sewage reservoirs collapsed, killing five villagers. Radical Islamists opposed to Hamas also operate within the Gaza Strip and have regularly been behind unrest.

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

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