Palestinian prime minister unhurt after explosion in Gaza

Visit to restart talks with Hamas. Seven people wounded in attack

13 March, 20:09

    Hamas security services personnel inspect the site of the attack at the  convoy of Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah Hamas security services personnel inspect the site of the attack at the convoy of Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah

    TEL AVIV - Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Palestinian intelligence head Majed Freij "were unharmed" during an attack on their convoy as it entered the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, according to Israeli and Palestinian media sources.

    According to Maan news agency, seven people were wounded in the explosion.

    Shots were fired at Hamdallah and Freij's convoy after the explosion.

    According to initial reports, an explosive detonated at the side of the road at the entrance to Gaza.

    The same reports said two passersby were seriously injured.

    Hamas police said it arrested two suspects.

    After a five-month absence, and also under pressure from Egyptian diplomats, Hamdallah decided to return to Gaza on Tuesday in an attempt to restart reconciliation talks with Hamas.

    The planned itinerary included visiting a water purification centre and then meeting in Gaza City with Hamas leaders.

    Despite the attack, Hamdallah went forward with the visit to the water purification centre in the northern Gaza Strip, and images of his visit were broadcast live by local media.

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