Palestinian PM delays Gaza visit following blasts

Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah has indefinitely delayed a planned visit to the Gaza Strip following a series of overnight blasts

Palestinian PM delays Gaza visit following blasts

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has indefinitely delayed a planned visit to the Gaza Strip following a series of overnight blasts targeting officials from Fatah movement.

In a Friday statement, the Palestinian unity government said it will postpone a visit by Hamdallah and a group of Palestinian ministers to the Gaza Strip, scheduled for Saturday, following the blasts whose perpetrators remain unknown.

Hamdallah was scheduled to visit the Gaza Strip on Saturday, in what would have been his second visit to the blockaded coastal enclave since the formation of the unity government in June.

"This criminal act, which was far from Palestinian national principles, seriously compromises the image of the Palestinian cause," the unity government said in the statement.

It added that the blasts "totally contradict" with its efforts to reconstruct the war-battered Gaza Strip and "eliminate the disastrous effects" of the years-long rift between Fatah and Hamas on the Palestinian "society and cause."

A series of ostensibly coordinated blasts targeted homes and other property of several Fatah officials in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Friday. Fatah movement, led by Palestinian Authority President (PA) Mahmoud Abbas, has deemed the blasts an "organized terrorist crime".

The blasts came days before a scheduled mass rally by Fatah to commemorate the passage of ten years since the controversial death of former PA president Yasser Arafat.

The event would be the first of its kind since the deadly Hamas-Fatah conflict in 2007, which ended with Hamas rooting Fatah's forces and assuming control of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas, for its part, has condemned the "criminal" blasts and called on security forces in the Gaza Strip to "investigate the incident and pursue the perpetrators."

No casualties have been reported, nor has there been a claim of responsibility for the blasts thus far.

Last Mod: 07 Kasım 2014, 14:30
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