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 | aje.me/U5glRG

— 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.

Update:

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) twitter.com/passantino/sta…

— 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: youtu.be/NB6LpbV99Pc

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 17, 2012

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

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