PALESTINIAN PREMIER ESCAPES BOMBING ON VISIT TO GAZA
The Palestinian Authority’s premier escaped an apparent assassination attempt Tuesday in the Gaza Strip when a bomb struck his convoy on a mission to bolster reconciliation efforts with the territory’s Hamas rulers. The roadside device exploded as Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, pictured, and intelligence chief Majed Faraj entered Gaza in a motorcade after passing through the fortified Erez crossing from Israel. The assault came hours before a White House conference on trying to rescue Gaza from economic chaos. Trump administration envoy Jason Greenblatt condemned the attack in a Twitter message. Both officials survived unscathed on the rare visit from the West Bank, and went ahead with a ceremony to open a wastewater treatment plant in Gaza. There was no claim of responsibility.