Israel vows to continue offensive in Gaza

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to continue the offensive against Hamas as violence continues for the second week, saying "the directive is to continue to strike at the targets of terrorism.
2:48 | 05/18/21

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Now to the escalating crisis in the Middle East. Calls for cease-fire between Israel and hamas growing. But no sign yet of an end to the violence as the Israeli prime minister vows to, quote, to take whatever action necessary. Matt Gutman is on the ground in Israel. Matt. Reporter: This is the first time ever that all Palestinians living in the west bank, gaza and Israel proper here have waged this general strike. You can see all the stores shuttered here but still pretty significant security presence here. Now, the Palestinians claim that there is a growing humanitarian crisis in gaza and officials tell us that on the ground, they are running out of water, sewage has been disrupted. There is almost no power left and they're running out of blood. This on the ninth day of the conflict here. Overnight those massive blasts in gaza city shattering the night for the eighth straight night. Israel releasing this video of a ferocious aerial assault saying it was targeting hamas tunnels in the gaza strip and this morning an unprecedented call for roughly 7 million Palestinians in the gaza strip, the west bank and within Israel proper to join a general strike. Those strikers protesting the violence now in its second week and despite mounting international pressure, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the offensive will continue. But gaza's infrastructure crippled. Its electric company saying the 140-mile square strip is in danger of running out of power within days. Local health authorities reporting they will run out of blood in 24 hours. As ambulances ferry new patients in, the wounded spilling out of gaza's overwhelmed hospitals. And the dead, 61 of them children, mourned by anguished parents. Air strikes taking chunks out of the Palestinian ministry of health building and a medical clinic nearby. Ambulances taking some of the wounded into Egypt for care. Meanwhile Israel has staged ground forces just outside the gaza strip. This is an Israeli military staging ground. Can you see how they've dug in these armored personnel carriers just over there, another row of personnel carriers and beyond this berm battle tanks. Officials reporting 210 Palestinians killed, more than 1400 wounded. Israeli side, 10 killed and 300 wounded after 3300 rockets were fired toward Israel by hamas and islamic jihad. Overnight for the first time we had six hours uninterrupted with no rockets landing in Israel. The Palestinians saying for the first time that nobody was killed in gaza. That as the Biden administration continues to push with increasing urgency for a cease-fire here.

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