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Palestinian PM’s convoy hit by roadside bomb in Gaza


March 13, 2018
Arthur Goodman
Entering the Gaza Strip, convoy of Palestinian PM Hamdallah is hit with a roadside explosive; 7 guards hurt, PM remains unharmed; Fatah blames Gaza militants for attack, says Hamas bears responsibility

Rami Hamdallah, Palestinian Prime Minister

From YNET repporters. AFP and Associated Press, “An explosive device was detonated near the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who was visiting the Gaza Strip Tuesday morning accompanied by Palestinian General Intelligence chief Majid Faraj.

Seven were lightly wounded in the blast—all of whom were security guards of the convoy. Israel offered to give medical care to the wounded at the Erez Crossing. Three of the vehicles in his convoy were damaged, their windows blown out. One had signs of blood on the door. Footage published by Al Jazeera showed a massive smoke cloud billowing from the site of the explosion.

Immediately after the incident took place, senior Palestinian Authority officials contacted the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, to coordinate the prime minister’s exit from the Strip. Hamdallah, who operates in the West Bank, arrived in the Gaza Strip for the first time in five months due to the difficulties in the reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas. (read more)

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