Palestinian PM survives assassination attempt in Gaza, says Hamas is responsible

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By Middle East Affairs

An explosion in the Gaza Strip went off Tuesday morning in an apparent assassination attempt against Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who was in the area for a scheduled appearance, Reuters reports.

The news agency said the prime minister had come from Israel and the explosion hit as his convoy passed near the northern town of Beit Hanoun in Gaza. No one was injured, it said, but a couple vehicles took some damage.

Shortly after, Hamdallah proceeded with his scheduled event, which was the opening of a water treatment plant that the Palestinian Authority helped finance, according to Haaretz.

Reuters said the Authority holds the Hamas group responsible for the attack, but rather than accusing the group of carrying out the assault, it suggested it had failed to provide adequate security.

“Hamas and Abbas’s Palestinian Authority are still divided over how to implement an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal. Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.”

Reuters also quoted Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as saying “the attack against the government of consensus is an attack against the unity of the Palestinian people.”

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