Reports: Hamas Tries to Assassinate Palestinian Authority Leadership

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister unharmed after large roadside bomb hits his convoy in Hamas-ruled Gaza

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Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday survived what appeared to be an assassination attempt while entering the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Hamdallah was traveling to Gaza for the inauguration of a new wastewater treatment facility.

As his convoy passed into the Gaza Strip, a large roadside bomb was detonated, wounding several members of the Palestinian leader's entourage.

Hamdallah himself was unharmed.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, to which Hamdallah also belongs, called the incident a "terrorist attack" and blamed it on Hamas.

Hamas violently seized control of Gaza in 2007 after Abbas refused to honor the outcome of Palestinian legislative elections by appointing one of its leaders as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas had won a clear parliamentary majority in the election.

PHOTO: Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Rami Hamdallah, attending a Fourth of July event at the US Consulate General in Jerusalem on July 12, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

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