Palestinian PM Survives Assassination Attempt in Gaza

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In Arabic and English, Greenblatt tweeted the White House condemnation of the attack on Hamdallah and Faraj that took place earlier in the day.

The assassination attempt, he added, was in "concordance" with all attempts to stop the PA government from assuming its responsibilities in the Gaza Strip.

However, suspicion of Hamas involvement was running high. The second attack, an explosion targeting Hamas's head of security in Gaza, is widely believed to have been the work of radical Islamists. "Wishing a speedy recovery to the injured", Greenblatt said.

Haniyeh told the Egyptian officials that his group supported efforts by the PA security forces to find out who was behind the attack on the convoy.

An explosion targeted Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah's convoy as he arrived in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday for a rare visit, causing no casualties, officials and witnesses said.

Hamdallah said that his government is ready to meet all needs in the Gaza Strip as it is doing in the West Bank.

"They detonated three cars as we entered the Gaza Strip", he said, during the opening of the plant in the northern Gaza Strip.

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The Foreign Ministry noted that Turkey also calls on Palestinians to act in unity and solidarity against this provocative attack. It promised an "urgent" investigation.

The United Nations Mideast envoy also condemned the attack.

'This grave incident must be promptly investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice, ' said Mladneov in the press release.

PA Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh said Hamas would be held responsible.

Hamas and Fatah, the two main Palestinian political parties, signed a reconciliation agreement in October 2017, ending a decade of division that saw two parallel governments operating in Gaza and the West Bank, respectively.

Mladenov says Tuesday's blast was carried out by people trying to undermine reconciliation and "destroy the chances for peace".

According to media reports, the explosion went off when Hamdallah's convoy entered 200 meters into the Gaza Strip through Erez Crossing on the Israeli side.

The largely secular Fatah and the Islamist movement Hamas have been at odds since 2006, when Hamas beat Fatah in elections and then seized control of Gaza by force.