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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 and in­tel­li­gence chief Ma­jed Faraj en­tered Gaza in a mo­tor­cade af­ter pass­ing through the Erez cross­ing from Is­rael.

The as­sault came hours be­fore a White House con­fer­ence on try­ing to res­cue Gaza from eco­nomic chaos.

Both of­fi­cials sur­vived un­scathed and went ahead with a cer­e­mony to open a waste-wa­ter treat­ment plant in Gaza. There was no claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity, but the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity held Ha­mas ac­count­able.

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