Published:  12:23 AM, 14 March 2018

'Determined to achieve reconciliation'

'Determined to achieve reconciliation' Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (C) is surrounded by security in Gaza. -AP

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Tuesday that the attack targeting his convoy in Gaza will only harden his determination to achieve Palestinian reconciliation. The explosion will not block us from getting rid of the ugly division, Hamdallah said at the opening of a water desalination plant in Gaza Strip. 

Earlier an explosion went off Tuesday morning near his convoy shortly after entering Gaza, which is under the control of the Islamic Hamas movement. No injuries were reported.  Palestinian officials have blamed Hamas for the attack, warning that it could damage the Palestinian unity.

Hamdallah stressed that he will return to Gaza again despite the attack targeting his convoy, expressing hope that the Egyptian efforts to end the split between Fatah and Hamas will succeed. Hamdallah was accompanied by Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj during his rare visit to Gaza to overlook the opening of the desalination plant there.  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh condemned the Hamas attack as an attack on the unity of the Palestinian people, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

-AFP, Gaza

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