Palestinian PM unhurt after explosion in Gaza

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Gaza City, Mar 13 An explosion went off as Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah's convoy entered the Gaza Strip today, wounding seven people, a security source and witnesses said.

Hamdallah arrived in the blockaded strip for a short visit on Tuesday, accompanied by intelligence chief Majd Faraj. He said in the address that three cars were damaged.

Hamas called on relevant authorities to open "an immediate and urgent investigation" into the circumstances of the attack and "hold the perpetrators accountable".

FILE PHOTO: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah waves upon his arrival, in the northern Gaza Strip October 2, 2017.

The top Palestinian Authority officials made the rare trip from the West Bank for the inauguration of a desalination plant. Gunfire was reported shortly after the explosion.

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It said it would not derail Hamdallah's visit, which comes as reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Abbas's Fatah party falters.

Hamas won parliamentary elections in the occupied territories the previous year, and reinforced its power in Gaza after ousting Fatah from the enclave.

He said that despite the attack he remained committed to Palestinian unity and would continue to come to Gaza.

The explosion occurred near the spot where a USA diplomatic convoy was blown up by a remote-controlled bomb in 2003 shortly after it entered the Gaza Strip.

U.S. President Donald Trump's senior adviser Jared Kushner, U.S. special envoy Jason Greenblatt and officials from the National Security Council will present proposals for improving the humanitarian situation in Gaza at a White House "brainstorming session" on Tuesday, a senior White House official said, according to Axios.

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