March 13 (UPI) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (C) cut short a visit to Gaza on Tuesday after an explosion targeted his convoy in an assassination attempt. File Photo by Osama Mohammed/UPI
Five others were hurt in Tuesday’s blast, but their injuries were minor.
Hamdallah, who’d visited Gaza for the opening of a waste treatment facility, returned shortly after the attack. He also met with senior officials about stalled reconciliation talks between his group and Hamas.
“I will return to Gaza despite what happened today and I call on Hamas to allow the government to effectively control the Gaza Strip,” Hamdallah. “What happened today will not stop us from continuing reconciliation efforts.”
Hamas was initially blamed for the explosion, but after meeting the group’s leader, the two accused Israel and “collaborators” are responsible for the assassination attempt.