Abbas ally’s home hit in Gaza bombing, no injuries
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Abbas ally’s home hit in Gaza bombing, no injuries

Two explosions rock coastal enclave; one at Fatah official’s home, another in Nuseirat refugee camp

Palestinians chant slogans during a protest against the ongoing electricity crisis in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, January 12, 2017. (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED)
Palestinians chant slogans during a protest against the ongoing electricity crisis in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, January 12, 2017. (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED)

GAZA CITY — Two explosions hit the Gaza Strip, police said Thursday, including one targeting the home of an official from President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, without causing casualties.

The first blast struck at around midnight in eastern Gaza City outside the home of Nayef Khuweter, a Fatah official in the territory, police and eyewitnesses said.

Fatah condemned the attack, saying it would “disrupt” attempts at reconciliation with the Islamist movement Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip.

In a separate incident, a car exploded in Nuseirat refugee camp of central Gaza.

The Hamas-led police said they had opened investigations into the blasts, for which there were no immediate claims of responsibility.

Hamas has ruled Gaza since a near civil war in 2007 led to the expulsion of Fatah, which runs the West Bank.

Tension between the two rival parties has increased in recent weeks against the backdrop of an electricity crisis in Gaza and anti-Hamas protests.

Several reconciliation bids have failed, though the two were among several Palestinian parties which recommitted to forming a national unity government during talks in Russia on Tuesday.

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