An explosive device was detonated near the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who was visiting the Hamas-run enclave this morning accompanied by Palestinian General Intelligence chief Majid Faraj. Seven people were reportedly lightly wounded in the blast, all of whom were classified as the Prime Minister’s security detail.
Minutes after the blast, Prime Minister Hamdallah appeared unhurt on television, delivering a speech at an inauguration of a new sewage purification facility in the northern Gaza Strip, which was funded by the European Union, European governments and the World Bank. Hamdallah stressed in his speech that the Palestinian Authority “will not be deterred” from those who seek to prolong the dispute between Fatah and Hamas, whom he claimed ‘actively seek to end their bitter split. The Palestinian leader further stressed that Fatah will continue coming to the Strip to try to end divisions with Hamas.