Prime minister returns to Ramallah says assassination attempt well prepared

Israeli navy arrests 10 fishermen off Gaza shores

Hamas blamed Israel for an apparent assassination attempt on Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah shortly after he entered Gaza for the inauguration of a wastewater treatment plant.

No group has said it carried out the attack, which injured six security guards.

In a statement, Hamas said the targeting of Mr Hamdallah's motorcade was "part of an attempt to damage the security of Gaza and deal a blow to efforts to finalise reconciliation".

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas of the ruling Fatah party termed it as "terrorist attack" while blaming the ruling party of Gaza Hamas.

The explosion came a few hundred metres (yards) after Hamdallah's convoy entered into Hamas-controlled territory.

Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas's spokesperson, told Middle East Eye that "Hamas condemns the crime of attacking the convoy of Dr Rami Al-Hamdallah. When the dust cleared, I saw people running everywhere, and police were running around", said a witness who declined to be identified because of security concerns. But the Palestinians have essentially cut off ties to the White House, furious over Trump's move previous year to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (2nd from right) is escorted by bodyguards in Gaza City.

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In his speech, Hamdalla added that the Palestinian government only asks Hamas movement not to give Israel the chance to capitalize on inter-Palestinian division and consider the Gaza Strip an isolated part of the Palestinian homeland. There was no immediately claim of responsibility for what one Palestinian Authority security official in Gaza said was a roadside bomb blast. More radical militants, inspired by the Islamic State group, also operate in Gaza.

Egyptian-backed reconciliation talks between Hamas and the PA have stuttered since Hamas handed over control of Gaza's border crossings to the PA in November.

Israel has become more alarmed about the drastic situation in Gaza, and called an emergency meeting of donors in Brussels recently to try to rally funding for development projects — such as the new water-treatment plant that Hamdallah had been traveling to visit for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. One vehicle door also appears to have blood on it.

"As you know, we are here today to consider ideas on how to address the humanitarian challenges in Gaza - a topic that has always been at the forefront of all of our minds", Greenblatt continued.

Three of the vehicles in his convoy were damaged, their windows blown out.

The World Bank, European Union and other European governments have paid almost $75 million in funding.

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