Palestinian PM safe in Gaza after explosion near convoy

Palestinians reject US invitation to discuss Gaza humanitarian crisis

Senior PLO official Ahmad Majdalani Palestinians reject US invitation to discuss Gaza humanitarian crisis

An explosion struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister on Tuesday as he was making a rare visit to Gaza, in what his Fatah party called an assassination attempt by Gaza militants.

People flee the scene after a bomb attack on Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah's convoy in Gaza. One had signs of blood on the door.

"The situation in Gaza requires political processing before being dealt with as a humanitarian case as Washington promotes", said Majdalani, and that the US conference is "part of the liquidation project aiming at detaching the Gaza Strip from the West Bank and eliminating the possibility of establishing the Palestinian state on the borders of 1967". Police said the explosion came shortly after Hamdallah's convoy passed by, and one witness said it appeared two cars at the end of motorcade sustained damage. It promised an "urgent" investigation.

President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the "cowardly" attack on the convoy and said he held the militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, responsible.

The White House is due to hold a conference on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza on Tuesday, but it is unclear whether any Palestinian officials will break their boycott of USA officials to attend.

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Unongo, who made the appeal on Monday in Makurdi , at a stakeholders meeting convened by Gov. He said 60 percent of the IDPs were sadly children who ordinarily should have been in school.

Hamas and Abbas's Palestinian Authority are still divided over how to implement an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal.

Hamdallah's visit comes amid a time of crisis in Gaza, where the economy is devastated.

The plant was envisioned in 2007 after overburdened sewage reservoirs collapsed, killing five villagers.

Hamdallah's government is recognised by the global community, while Hamas is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States. Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

Besides the old reservoirs, the plant will receive wastewater from four towns and villages.

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