Palestinian PM Returns to Ramallah after Attack in Gaza

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"We will hear Fatah saying that some members of Hamas do not want reconciliation, and likewise, we will hear Hamas saying this could have been a fabricated attack by Fatah's security services", Ibrahim said. In the past two months, the Egyptians have been working hard to prevent the downfall of the "reconciliation" agreement they helped secure late previous year.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for what one Palestinian Authority security official in Gaza said was a roadside bomb.

Hamas seized Gaza from the PA in a near civil war in 2007 and multiple attempts at reconciliation have since failed. Hamas governs Gaza, and the PA governs the West Bank.

Nabil Shaath, the foreign affairs adviser of Abbas, told Sputnik in February that the intra-Palestinian reconciliation process had been put on hold as the Hamas movement had not yet relinquished administrative control over the Gaza Strip. One vehicle door also appears to have blood on it. "When the dust cleared, I saw people running everywhere, and police were running around", said a witness who declined to be identified because of security concerns.

The explosion came a few hundred metres after Hamdallah's convoy crossed through the Palestinian Authority-run checkpoint into Hamas-controlled territory.

Hamdallah described the bombing as an "assassination attempt".

The Hamas interior ministry confirmed there had been an explosion and said they had arrested three suspects as they began an investigation.

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This, according to the sources, shows that the explosion was not aimed at harming anyone, but causing minor damage.

"Attack on PA delegation opening water treatment plant is an attack on the welfare of the people of Gaza".

Hamdallah and Faraj arrived on Tuesday morning from the West Bank city of Ramallah to the Gaza Strip through Erez crossing point on the borders between northern Gaza Strip and Israel.

Despite making little progress, the PA has continued to send its ministers and top officials to Gaza.

"The bombing attack is suspicious and aims to sabotage reconciliation talks", Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qasem said in a statement. "This appeal proves that the goals of the explosion are bigger than its size", he added. "It was a well planned attempt", he said.

Two vehicles were disabled by the blast, while at least four others were damaged, with windows blown out.

Several Hamas-affiliated political analysts pointed out that the fact that Hamdallah chose to proceed with his visit and did not leave the Gaza Strip immediately after the explosion also appeared to them to be suspicious.

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