Minister Reynders condemns the assassination attempt against the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Rami Hamdallah

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the assassination attempt against the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Rami Hamdallah which occurred yesterday in Beit Hanoun, in the Gaza strip.

Mr. Hamdallah was on his way to the inauguration of the North Gaza wastewater treatment plant (NGEST), in the presence of representatives of the international community. Belgium, together with France, Sweden and the European Union are the largest financial contributors of the construction of this infrastructure, which is vital for the daily life of the people of Gaza.

The thoughts of Minister Reynders go to the families and friends of the members of the escort who were wounded. He wishes them a prompt recovery.

He is convinced that this anonymous and cowardly attack goes radically against the wishes of the inhabitants of Gaza who aspire only to stability and to the return of normal living conditions in the enclave. This attack demonstrates a deliberate will from the most extreme parties to derail the reconciliation between Palestinians under the aegis of a single legitimate Palestinian Authority. It is important to quickly identify the perpetrators of this attack and to bring them to justice.

This is the gravest incident since the agreement of October 2017 between Fatah and Hamas. Minister Reynders encourages the Palestinian Authority and Prime Minister Hamdallah to persevere in their dialogue and negotiation efforts with all parties. These efforts must be continued, with a view to reaching a unified Palestinian leadership, able to administrate Gaza and the West Bank, in the interest of the Palestinian people and of a durable peace in the region.