Violence near Gaza continues to grow

Israeli military tanks moved up to the Gaza border in the biggest escalation in seven years as tensions with Hamas escalate.
2:35 | 05/14/21

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Now we turn to the escalating crisis in the middle East. Israel calling up thousands of reserve troops near gaza overnight as violence on the streets intensifies. Matt Gutman is on the ground near the border of gaza with the latest. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: Hey, good morning, Michael. Can you see this artillery battery behind me, part of this significant escalation by the Israeli military tanks and these pieces right up to the gaza border and in the past few minutes we saw a rocket launched out of gaza, heard the booms of Israeli air strikes, some artillery. This seems far from over. This morning, those streamers of smoke as hamas launches more rockets into Israel and all night long the Israeli military pummeling gaza with tank and artillery fire lighting up the night sky. Columns of Israeli tanks moving right up to the gaza border in the biggest escalation in seven years. Adding to the hundreds of air sorties that have brought down buildings, turned parts of gaza into a moonscape. Our team meeting the ahab family picking the toys from the mound of rubble that until two days ago was their home. Zahir says minutes before the bombs came raining down he received a call from the Israeli military. He says we were told we had five minutes to get out and we had to warn our neighbors. Palestinian health officials say 119 are dead, 50 of them women and children since the fighting began. Civilians on both sides enduring the worst of it. Just outside of tel aviv we were at an apartment complex destroyed by a rocket. People had just climbed those blackened stairwells to collect whatever they could salvage from their possessions. We hear one of the sirens going off, it's a code red. Suddenly those sirens sounded again. Terrified residents pouring out. Some wimpering in fear climbing into the same bomb shelter in which they survived an attack just hours earlier. You can hear those rockets pounding right now. You can hear the booms. We're all squeezing into this bomb shelter right now. Inside the fear and heat stifling. Eight Israelis killed so far, 150 wounded in rocket attacks. The Israeli government says it has no timetable for the end of this fighting. Worth noting mediation efforts afoot by American and Egyptian envoys trying to broker a cease-fire here, George. Matt, stay safe.

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