Explosion as Palestinian PM enters Gaza

Rami Hamdallah

He said that USA envoy Jason Greenblatt, who called for this meeting, seeks to strain the atmosphere through his statements, in which he stressed the need to get rid of Hamas to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza. It promised an "urgent" investigation.

Top official of the left wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Kayed Al-ghoul told Xinhua that the White House "is aiming at reestablishing the US role in managing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by its various dimensions", and added that "Washington wants to use the conference as a blackmail tool against the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to make the Palestinians accept the liquidation project of the century deal".

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.

Hamdallah, who was not hurt, left Gaza and was headed back to the West Bank.

"The attack on the Prime Minister's convoy is an attack on the unity of the Palestinian people", he said.

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Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was unharmed Tuesday but his Palestinian Authority quickly accused Gaza militants of trying to kill him.

Three vehicles of his convoy were damaged and one had signs of blood on its door, AP reported. Radical Islamists opposed to Hamas also operate within the Gaza Strip and have regularly been behind unrest there.

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

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

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