Abbas Decries ‘Murderous Terror Attack’ on Palestinian PM’s Convoy

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah visits a primary school in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on March 2, 2017. The United Nations raised concerns last month over newly announced demolition plans in the Palestinian Bedouin village that threaten dozens of buildings including a …

The Times of Israel reports: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday strongly condemned the explosion that targeted the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the northern Gaza Strip, calling it a “murderous terror attack.”

Earlier, PA officials said that Abbas was planning a series of meetings with his top advisers to consider ways of responding to the attack. “This crime was premeditated and its goals and perpetrators are known,” Abbas said during a meeting in his office in Ramallah with Hamdallah and PA General Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj, who was part of the convoy.

Palestinian officials said that Abbas cut short his visit to Jordan and returned to Ramallah upon learning about the incident. Referring to Hamas, Abbas said that the “de facto” government in the Gaza Strip was responsible for the assassination attempt.

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