JERUSALEM -- An apparent roadside bomb struck the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Tuesday morning in the Gaza Strip, injuring several people, according to authorities.
The explosion went off shortly after his convoy entered the strip through the Erez Crossing with Israel, and the moment was caught on camera. In the video below, the blast hits at the 42 second mark.
Hamdallah was not hurt but according to video and photos from the scene, three of the vehicles were damaged, and one had blood on the door. The Palestinian Authority intelligence chief, Majid Faraj, was also traveling with Hamdallah.
"Hamas opening an investigation is not enough," he said. "We need to find the full truth, and who is behind this attack."
“The attack against the government of consensus is an attack against the unity of the Palestinian people,” Rudeineh added.
Hamas said the targeting of Hamdallah’s motorcade was “part of attempts to damage the security of Gaza and deal a blow to efforts to finalize reconciliation."
Fatah and Hamas have been in a stand-off since Hamas won control over Gaza in 2006. Since then, Hamas has ruled the Gaza Strip while the Fatah Party have governed the West Bank, which is occupied by Israel. Hamdallah is now spearheading new negotiations to unify the two Palestinian factions.
Hamdallah returned safely to Ramallah in the West Bank and addressed the attack to an applauding crowd. “It was a well planned attempt," he said. "They planted explosive devices two meters deep."
Bruno Nota and Nasser Atta reported from Jerusalem, Molly Hunter reported from London.