New York Times writer reports several pre-dawn explosions in Gaza City

New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren is reporting hearing seven explosions in Gaza City in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning. Al-Jazeera is also reporting at least one explosion.

Loud explosion rocks #Gaza in pre-dawn hours as #Israel continues bombardment |

— AJELive (@AJELive) November 17, 2012

A loud explosion rocked Gaza in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday, following an Israeli air strike on the coastal enclave, Reuters news agency witnesses said.

They added a Hamas compound was hit. No casualties were reported. The Israeli army spokesperson unit confirmed that the Air Force was bombing Gaza.


Rudoren believes the explosions she heard were from Israel’s strike on Ismail Haniyeh’s headquarters in Gaza.

Witnesses report near-total destruction of the ofc of Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh in predawn bombardment; likely what I heard at 4 am

— Jodi Rudoren (@rudoren) November 17, 2012

Targeted overnight in #Gaza: Ismail Haniyeh’s HQ, Hamas Ministry of Interior, police compound, training facility, rocket launching squads

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 17, 2012

The New York Times reports, “Mr. Haniya’s office was destroyed, witnesses said, and the main police complex nearby was also hit.”

Photo: This is what is left of Hamas gov’t HQ in Gaza City (AP)…

— Jon Passantino (@passantino) November 17, 2012

Video via the IDF.

Watch this video of an IDF pinpoint strike earlier today on a #Hamas commander’s explosives-laden house in #Gaza:

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 17, 2012

The IDF says secondary explosions in the video indicate explosives were stored in the building.

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