Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Explosion Hits Palestinian Prime Minister's Convoy in Gaza

Explosion Hits Palestinian Prime Minister's Convoy in Gaza

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was unharmed Tuesday but his Palestinian Authority quickly accused Gaza militants of trying to kill him.

The Hamas militant group has condemned the Gaza explosion that targeted the convoy of visiting Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Gunfire was reported shortly after the explosion. It condemned the Gaza explosion, calling it a crime and an attempt to "hurt efforts to achieve unity and reconciliation".

Hamas called on relevant authorities to open "an immediate and urgent investigation" into the circumstances of the attack and "hold the perpetrators accountable".

"The situation in Gaza requires political processing before being dealt with as a humanitarian case as Washington promotes", said Majdalani, and that the USA 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".

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesperson, held Hamas responsible for the attack. "We will continue to work diligently to complete our government projects in the Gaza Strip", the PM declared. But negotiations have bogged down since then.

The plant in question was envisioned in 2007 after overburdened sewage reservoirs collapsed, killing five villagers. Radical Islamists opposed to Hamas also operate within the Gaza Strip and have regularly been behind unrest there.

The World Bank, European Union and other European governments have paid almost $75 million in funding. After treatment, the water will be transferred for irrigation and the remainder will be safely dumped to the sea.

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