Explosion targets Palestinian PM's convoy as it enters Gaza Strip


Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and the head of his Preventive Security Majid Faraj survived an assassination attempt upon their arrival in the Gaza Strip Tuesday morning, as their convoy was attacked by three auto bombs after entering the Beit Hanoun crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, Ma'an reported.

People flee the scene after a bomb attack on Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah's convoy in Gaza.

Three vehicles of his convoy were damaged and one had signs of blood on its door, AP reported.

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have been ruled separately since a rift between Hamas and Mr Abbas's Fatah faction erupted in violence in 2007. It promised an "urgent" investigation.

A statement on official Palestinian media said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas considered it a "cowardly targeting" of Hamdallah's convoy and held Hamas responsible. The takeover left the Palestinians with two rival governments, Hamas in Gaza and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority governing autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

He arrived in Hamas-run Gaza to inaugurate the sewage plant and said there that the attack will "not deter from seeking to end the bitter split".

The incident comes amid a fragile reconciliation effort between the Fatah movement, which controls the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas.

The World Bank, European Union and other European governments have paid almost $75 million in funding.

The White House is due to hold a conference on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza on Tuesday, but it is unclear whether any Palestinian officials will break their boycott of USA officials to attend.

Besides the old reservoirs, the plant will receive wastewater from four towns and villages.