Israeli-Palestinian tensions continue to escalate

Israel says it targeted a network of Hamas tunnels overnight after one of the heaviest days of bombing so far.
3:24 | 05/17/21

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Such confusion there, but we'll begin with the escalating crisis in the Middle East. Israel launching its deadliest strike in its conflict with hamas. Matt Gutman is on the ground there in Israel with the latest. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: Hey, good morning, robin. This is about as close as you can get to the border with gaza, and I'lmention that over overnight targeting hamas tunnels, and islamic leadership, and minutes ago, the retaliation began. We saw rockets coming from right over there, exploding overhead with these dome intercepters blowing some out of the sky. We had to scramble like everybody else, jumping in that ditch. As retaliation goes back and forth, despite the diplomatic effort on the eighth day of this conflict, this seems far from over. Overnight, Israel said it dropped over 100 bombs on the densely populated gaza targeting the hamas targets that honeycomb that land. The intercepters blowing them out of the sky right above our heads. We ducked for cover. Just got out of our car, and we're lying on the side of the road. You see the Israeli soldier there, and that checkpoint behind us, trying to hide for cover. Reporter: Israel defending its deadliest air strike on gaza since the conflict began. 42 killed, most of them civilians according to Palestinian health officials. Israel saying its bombings which leveled at least three buildings, targeted the house of a hamas leader. It's unknown whether he was home at the time, but this family his wife and four of his children were killed, and though badly wounded himself, he was wheeled back to that debris pile kissing their faces one last time. Telling our team in gaza that right before another missile struck them, he screamed to his wife to get their children out of the building, and miraculously his 7-year-old daughter pulled from the rubble alive. Over the weekend, another Israeli air strike leveling the tower block housing many international news agencies including the associated press and Al jazeera English. They were given just an hour to evacuate. Israel's prime minister defending the strike. It's a perfectly legitimate target. Reporter: Tensions rising. This video shows the moment a Palestinian driver rammed a group of police officers in the same Jerusalem neighborhood where the eviction fix Palestinian families from their homes was one of the triggers for the outbreak of this conflict. Hamas launching over 3,100 rockets at Israel, at a rate five times higher than in any previous conflict. I'm going to give you a sense of what those rocket blasts can do. The racket landed about 20 yards away, two floors down. The family here was eating its sabbath meal when the sirens they managed to sprint to their bomb shelter just in time. Now Egypt has opened its border to Palestinian wounded, but Israel's border with gaza remains closed to aid and to journalists. There has been a diplomatic blitz. Secretary of state Tony blinken talking about this, maintaining ties, and about de-escalating the conflict, talking about a

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