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Bomb Targets Palestinian Authority PM’s Convoy in Gaza

  • Trump envoy Greenblatt condemns attack before Gaza conference
  • Explosion comes as Palestinian reconciliation effort falters
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah waves to the crowd upon his arrival in Gaza City on March 13.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah waves to the crowd upon his arrival in Gaza City on March 13.

Photographer: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images 

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The Palestinian Authority’s premier escaped an apparent assassination attempt in the Gaza Strip Tuesday, when a bomb struck his convoy on a mission to bolster reconciliation efforts with the territory’s Hamas rulers.

The roadside device exploded as Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and intelligence chief Majed Faraj entered Gaza in a motorcade after passing through the fortified Erez crossing from Israel. The assault came hours before a White House conference on trying to rescue Gaza from economic chaos. Trump administration envoy Jason Greenblatt condemned the attack on Hamdallah in a Twitter message.