Israeli Forces Face Stiffer Fight in Gaza Incursion

More than a dozen Israeli soldiers killed in furious urban combat leaves scores dead in Gaza.
2:25 | 07/20/14

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We move to a game-changing development in another international crises, the Israeli incursion into gaza. Late today hamas, the Palestinian militant group, announced it had captured an Israeli soldier. If this is true it could add a dangerous dynamic to a war that saw its deadliest day today. ABC's Alex Marquardt is in gaza. Reporter: Wild celebrations tonight in the streets of gaza after hamas claims to have captured an Israeli soldier, his name and I.D. Number read triumphantly on hamas TV. Israel has not commented and it's unknown if he's alive or dead. If true it's a potential game changer. The last Israeli soldier hamas took captive was traded for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. It comes on a day when 13 Israeli soldiers were killed, including two Israeli Americans, as Israel presses deeper into gaza. Street after street unprecedented scenes of devastation and carnage. A flood of Palestinian families running, but not knowing where to go. What did you see in there? What was happening? Reporter: The Israelis hit us from every side, this man told me, no distinction between militants and civilians. Over 100 Palestinians were killed today. At the morgue, the smell of death overpowering. Bodies have been streaming out of this morgue all day. This is just one of six killed in a single family in the assault on the eastern gaza neighborhood. Amid a sea of tears, the grief for many too much to bear. This morning, it's nothing short of a massacre, a deliberate massacre. War crimes committed daily. But now there's a deliberate shelling and bombing and destruction of whole areas. Reporter: Israel had warned residents to evacuate and accuses hamas of using civilians as human shields. We have to take action. What hamas is doing is embedding its rockets, its tunnels, terror tunnels in homes, hospitals and schools. Reporter: President Obama spoke with prime minister Benjamin netanyahu today expressing his serious concern over the growing death toll in gaza. With Israel and hamas farther than ever from a cease-fire, secretary of state John Kerry is going to Cairo to help broker a deal. Dan? Thank you. Back at home tonight we're covering another major breaking

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