The Latest: Hamas condemns explosion targeting Pals PM
JABALIYA, Gaza Strip – The Latest on explosion striking Palestinian PM convoy in Gaza (all times local):
The Hamas militant group has condemned the Gaza explosion that targeted the convoy of visiting Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.
In a statement, Hamas called Tuesday’s blast a “crime” and said it was an attempt to “hurt efforts to achieve unity and reconciliation.” It promised an “urgent” investigation.
Hamas has controlled Gaza since seizing it from the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in 2007.
Hamas condemned President Mahmoud Abbas for blaming it for the blast, and Abbas’ security chief, Majed Farraj, said it was “too early” to say who was responsible.
Hamdallah, who was not hurt, left Gaza and was headed back to the West Bank.
An explosion has struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister during a rare visit to Gaza, sparking fears of an assassination attempt.
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was unharmed Tuesday but his Palestinian Authority quickly accused Gaza militants of trying to kill him.
Three of the vehicles in his convoy were damaged, their windows blown out. One had signs of blood on the door.
Hamdallah, who operated in the West Bank, arrived in Hamas-run Gaza to inaugurate a long-awaited sewage plant project.
The World Bank, European Union and other European governments have paid nearly $75 million in funding. Hamas’ takeover of Gaza from the Palestinian Authority in 2007 and the ensuing Israeli-Egyptian blockade, power shortages and conflicts delayed the opening of the project for four years.