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OIC condemns attack on Palestine PM in Gaza

OIC condemns attack on Palestine PM in Gaza

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah escaped an explosion Tuesday morning, as he was entering the Gaza strip along with his envoy.

While their personal security guards have been responsible for their immediate safety, the Hamas-dominated security forces have been in charge of security at the different places to which they have traveled including roads, hotels and government offices.

A resident of the Gaza Strip recorded the explosion that targeted the convoy of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah while he was visiting Gaza. "They planted explosive devices two metres deep", Hamdallah said later in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where he is based, without pointing a finger at any group.

The explosion occurred near the spot where a USA diplomatic convoy was blown up by a remote-controlled bomb in 2003 shortly after it entered the Gaza Strip.

Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas's spokesperson, told Middle East Eye that "Hamas condemns the crime of attacking the convoy of Dr Rami Al-Hamdallah".

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank has claimed militants were behind the explosion and suggested it was an attempt to kill the Prime Minister. But the Palestinians have essentially cut off ties to the White House, furious over Trump's move a year ago to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

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Hamdallah and P.A. intelligence chief Majid Faraj were not injured in the explosion, which wounded several others.

Two vehicles were disabled by the blast, while at least four others were damaged, with windows blown out.

In his speech while inaugurating a sanitary water recycling plant in the strip, he added that he will return to the strip once again despite the blast that targeted his motorcade earlier in the day. "We will allow no one to destroy the national Palestinian project. we will not allow those with a foreign political agenda to dictate to us what happens in Gaza", Hamdallah said shortly after the attack according to Haaretz.

A picture taken on March 13, 2018 shows one of the cars of the Palestinian Prime Minister's convoy that was hit by an explosion being towed away to the Gaza strip Erez crossing.

Hamas seized Gaza from the PA in a near civil war in 2007 and multiple attempts at reconciliation have since failed.

While Hamas did hand over control of Gaza's borders to the PA, it maintains full control of the rest of Gaza, with its police force and armed wing still operating throughout the territory. "This is about the health, safety and happiness of the people of Gaza, and of all Palestinians, Israelis and Egyptians".


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