Palestinians slam U.S. announcement to hold conference on Gaza crisis

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was unharmed after an explosion struck his convoy. He went on to deliver a speech at the inauguration of a waste treatment
plant in the Gaza Strip

In an interview for Voice of Palestine radio, Al-Ahmad said that the issue of the government and ministers' work remains standing, and that new problems have emerged, despite the presence of the Egyptian security delegation in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj was part of the convoy but was not hurt either, the security source said.

Three vehicles of his convoy were damaged and one had signs of blood on its door, AP reported.

Hamdallah appeared on television shortly after the explosion as he opened a plant in the territory.

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.

The incident took place amid heightened tensions between the main Palestinian factions over the implementation of a reconciliation deal signed past year. Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

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An explosion has struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister during a rare visit to Gaza, sparking fears of an assassination attempt.

"Solving the situation in Gaza is vital for humanitarian reasons, important for the security of Egypt and Israel and is a necessary step toward reaching a comprehensive peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, including Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank".

Hamas called the attack an "ugly crime" and said it had launched an investigation.

He said that despite the attack he remained committed to Palestinian unity and would continue to come to Gaza.

He was also met with senior Hamas officials to discuss reconciliation talks between Hamas and the PA.

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