An explosion in northern Gaza went off targeting the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister on Tuesday, wounding seven people, a security source and witnesses said.
Witnesses told Al-Araby al-Jadeed that an explosion had occurred on the road where the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah had passed just moments earlier.
According to the reports, a roadside bomb exploded less than a kilometre after the convoy left the Beit Hanoun Erez crossing to the north.
Hamdallah was not injured in the explosion which occurred shortly after his convoy entered for a rare visit to the Gaza Strip, however shrapnel did hit a car.
Witnesses added that a group of individuals had been pursued by security forces, believed to have been responsible.
Hamdallah’s convoy did not divert from its programme.
Hamas and several Palestinian factions have condemned the attack.
The convoy has reportedly left Gaza.
Official Palestinian media released a statement saying President Mahmoud Abbas considered it a "cowardly targeting" of Hamdallah’s convoy holding the Palestinian group Hamas, which controls Gaza, responsible.An Egyptian-brokered agreement in early October set December 10 for the transfer of power from Hamas to the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas claimed that all control of government ministries had been handed over to the PA, however, the situation in Gaza remains unchanged.
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