Rami Hamdallah, the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank, emerged unharmed from an assassination attempt Tuesday while visiting the Gaza Strip. His group had just entered Gaza to honor the opening of a water treatment plant when a roadside explosive detonated, lightly injuring seven of his aides and bodyguards.
Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas initially blamed Hamas, the Islamist party which controls Gaza, for the attack. However, Hamdallah and Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh concluded in subsequent meeting that Israel was responsible for it. They also agreed that General Tawfiq Abu Naim, the Gazan interior minister, will oversee the investigation into the attempt on Hamdallah's life.