Palestinian PM’s convoy hit
An explosion hit the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister during a rare visit to the Gaza Strip yesterday, threatening to derail floundering reconciliation efforts between the two main Palestinian parties. The Palestinian Authority described the blast, which did not harm Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah but caused minor injuries to at least six bodyguards, as an assassination attempt. It held Hamas, the Islamist party in control of the Gaza Strip, responsible for what it described as a ‘‘treacherous act.’’ Hamas condemned the incident and said it had opened an investigation, quickly arresting several suspects. It accused ‘‘Israel and its agents’’ of being behind the attack in an effort to undermine Palestinian unity efforts. Hamdallah was to meet Hamas officials in an attempt to restart talks between the Palestinian Authority, controlled by his party, Fatah, and its rival, Hamas.