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Explosion reported near Palestinian PM's convoy during Gaza visit

13 March 2018

An explosion went off Tuesday morning near the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minster Rami Hamdallah who was paying a visit to Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said.

A statement on official Palestinian media said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas considered it a "cowardly targeting" of Hamdallah's convoy and held Hamas responsible. Several people were "lightly injured", Al Jazeera reported.

It is Hamdallah's second visit to the Gaza Strip since the signing of an Egyptian-brokered "reconciliation" agreement between the West Bank's governing Fatah faction and Gaza's Hamas rulers late a year ago.

FILE PHOTO: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah waves upon his arrival, in the northern Gaza Strip October 2, 2017.

"The situation in Gaza requires political processing before being dealt with as a humanitarian case as Washington promotes", said Majdalani, and that the US conference is "part of the liquidation project aiming at detaching the Gaza Strip from the West Bank and eliminating the possibility of establishing the Palestinian state on the borders of 1967".

Gaza, part of the territory claimed by Palestine, has been ruled by Hamas since 2007.

The incident comes amid a fragile reconciliation effort between the Fatah movement, which controls the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas. Three American security specialists were killed and a USA diplomat was injured in that blast.

Explosion reported near Palestinian PM's convoy during Gaza visit