Americans in Gaza Prepare to Leave as Israel Increases Strikes

Dozens of Americans scramble for the border as fears of a ground war increase.
2:21 | 07/13/14

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Transcript for Americans in Gaza Prepare to Leave as Israel Increases Strikes
The breaking news out of the middle east. The Israelis mounted a lethal commando raid overnight. Dozens of Americans are now scrambling for the border in gaza. That's where we find ABC's Alex Marquardt this morning. Reporter: Good morning, bianna. For the first time, Israel made a ground incursion overnight. The equivalent of the Navy S.E.A.L.S taking out rockets and launchers. Americans are fleeing, afraid it's about to get much worse. Israeli air strikes on gaza light up the night sky. All of the rockets intercepted. That escalation fueling the pros sect of an Israeli invasion. Thousands of Israeli troops massed along the border, waiting for the order to invade. Hammish McDonald saw it up close. We're seeing two, three, four tanks moving across. There's another long line of them waiting in the fields to move in. If there was any doubt about Israel's willingness to mount a ground offensive, you only need the take a look. Reporter: Almost 170 Palestinians dead so far. Most of them, the U.N. Says, civilians. Overnight, 18 members of a single family killed. The violence now causing an exodus. Early this morning, we met some of the 144 American citizens that Israel say lowing to leave. On the bus, this family from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On vacation in gaza. Now fleeing a war. Are you disappointed to be leaving? No, no, I'm happy. I miss America. Reporter: You want to get home. Get out of the war zone? Yeah. Reporter: At the border, they dragged their heavy suitcases off the bus, starting the long, but thankful journey back to the U.S. I'll feel like I'm home safe. Reporter: You're relieved to be leaving? Yes. Reporter: As for what comes next, an Israeli military spokesman said there will be more small ground incursions. But a full-on invasion is only likely if one of those rockets is not intercepted and lands on civilians.

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