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Gunmen fire at Haniyeh's convoy

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Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has survived unscathed after an attack by gunmen on a convoy he was being driven in. The shots were fired as Haniyeh and his security guards left a mosque after morning prayers. Unconfirmed reports say relatives of a man killed by Hamas security forces were responsible – acting out of vengeance.

A car belonging to the convoy was also set on fire but no injuries were reported. The incident happened in Nousseirat, central Gaza. It came shortly after the breakdown of crisis talks between Haniyeh and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas aimed at putting an end to factional in-fighting between Hamas and Fatah supporters.

Abbas had wanted to set up a national unity cabinet, following the clashes that have killed 19 people this month alone. But Haniyeh has said Hamas would not co-operate with any such initiative – and would use their majority in Parliament to block any attempt to work without them.