Gaza blast targets Palestinian PM Hamdallah's convoy

Gaza blast targets Palestinian PM Hamdallah's convoy

"Here is Gaza, we take all security precautions to welcome all the convoys and delegations and particularly the prime minister as he entered Gaza", Buzom was quoted as saying.

Hamdallah was not injured in the explosion, which occurred shortly after his convoy entered for a rare visit to the territory, a security source in the convoy said.

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.

Mr Hamdallah's ruling Fatah party quickly held Hamas responsible for the "cowardly attack" on the convoy, further escalating tensions between the bitter rival factions.

Mr Hamdallah was unharmed, but there are reports of some injuries.

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The prime minister is based in the occupied West Bank and travelled overland, via Israel, to the Gaza Strip. Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

He said that despite the attack he remained committed to Palestinian unity and would continue to come to Gaza.

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