Pales­tinian PM’s con­voy hit

Waikato Times - - World -

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.

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