HEADLINE Explosion near convoy of Palestinian PM during visit to Gaza

HEADLINE

Explosion near convoy of Palestinian PM during visit to Gaza

Xinhua and AFP

17:08, March 13, 2018

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Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah arrives at a cabinet meeting in Gaza City on October 3, 2017. (Photo: Mohammed Abed/ AFP)

GAZA, March 13 - An explosion went off Tuesday near the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah during his visit to Gaza, but he was reportedly unhurt.  

The explosion occurred shortly after Hamdallah's convoy entered for a rare visit to the territory run by Islamist movement Hamas, a security source in the convoy said.

A statement on official Palestinian media said president Mahmud Abbas considered it a "cowardly targeting" of Hamdallah's convoy and held Hamas responsible.

Hamdallah and his delegation had arrived in Gaza to participate in the inauguration of a wastewater treatment plant. They continued with the tour after the attack, the Time of Israel reported.

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