An explosion targeted Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy as he arrived in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday for a rare visit, lightly wounding seven people, officials and witnesses said.
Hamdallah was not injured in the explosion, which occurred shortly after his convoy entered the territory, a security source in the convoy said.
Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj was part of the convoy but was not hurt either, the security source said.
A statement on official Palestinian media said president Mahmud Abbas considered it a “cowardly targeting” of Hamdallah’s convoy.
The Hamas interior ministry confirmed there had been an explosion and said security forces were investigating the incident. It described the blast as a crime aimed at undermining latest efforts of reconciliation between Hamas and rival Fatah.
The two major Palestinian factions signed a reconciliation agreement in October that was supposed to see Hamas hand over power, but it has all but collapsed.
It was announced then that Hamdallah cut his visit to Gaza.