Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah's convoy hit by explosion

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah's convoy hit by explosion

Rami Hamdallah cut his visit short following the explosion

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A convoy including Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was hit by an explosion this morning (March 13).

The Prime Minister was not hurt in the incident in the Gaza Strip, which he rarely visits, according to The Independent.

The explosion, which local media claims may have been an IED, went off just after the convoy entered the area controlled by Hamas.

The interior ministry of Hamas has claimed no one was hurt in the explosion, however local media suggests seven people had small injuries.

Photos appear to show three damaged vehicles with windows smashed. One car door also appears to have blood on it.

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank has claimed militants were behind the explosion and suggested it was an attempt to kill the Prime Minister.

Hamas' interior ministry has said an investigation into the “crime” is ongoing.

Hamdallah was in the area to give a speech at the opening of a sewage plant, which he did only a few minutes after the attack. However he added that his visit would be shorter than planned.

The plant has been funded by the World Bank, backed by governments within Europe and the European Union, as a lack of safe drinking water is a serious issue in the Gaza Strip.