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article imageVideo: Huge blasts as IDF missiles hit Hamas HQ in Gaza City

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 19, 2012 in World
Video shows huge explosions and thick smoke in the air as IDF missiles hit the headquarters of Hamas in Gaza City over the weekend. The office of the Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was completely destroyed in the attacks.
The BBC reports that Egypt's PM Hisham Qandil, visited Haniyeh's officer on Friday. The Israeli attacks on the Palestinian National Security Forces headquarters began on Saturday.
Hamas PM's office was hit with five missiles, totally destroying the building. Another series of strikes hit Hamas cabinet buildings. The BBC reports that the Prime Minister's office and cabinet building had been evacuated.
One of the several IDF missile strikes over the weekend targeted the home of a Hamas leader in the Jabaliya refugee camp, one of the most densely populated places in the world. According to the BBC, the missile went through the front of the house where washing was still hanging and destroyed everything. Most of the people in the house were young children. BBC reports that about 30 people were injured, some critically.
There were other strikes in the south of Gaza in Rafah that targeted smuggling tunnels.
Israeli military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said 200 targets were hit overnight. She said the IDF plans to hit several hundreds more. She defended the action of the IDF, saying targeting Hamas facilities was legitimate.
On Monday, another strike on Gaza City leveled two houses belonging to a single family. At least 11 civilians, including four children and toddlers were killed.
Digital Journal reports the violence has claimed the lives of 81 Palestinians, including 37 civilians, as well as three Israeli civilians.
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