Israel, Hamas escalate deadly confrontations

Tensions escalated in Jerusalem on Tuesday after Israel unleashed airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, while the militant group Hamas launched hundreds of rockets at the holy city.
2:50 | 05/12/21

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Of course, the other story unfolding late today, the worsening escalation in the Middle East. The 13-story apartment building coming down in gaza. And in Israel, in tel aviv, people running in the streets amid the sirens. It's the worst violence we've seen in years. This was the scene in gaza, that apartment building targeted and destroyed, reportedly after the residents there had been warned to get out. Mourners carrying the body of an 11-year-old Palestinian boy through the streets. In Israel, those air raid sirens in neighborhoods in tel aviv. People sent running for cover. The death toll rising on both sides tonight and Israel warning this is only the beginning. ABC's Matt Gutman on the ground in tel aviv for us. Reporter: Tonight, that image -- Israeli missiles leveling an apartment building in gaza. Smoke soaring skyward. Sources telling ABC news the building had been evacuated. A drone surveying the scene to make sure people were out. Israel launching 500 air strikes on what it say were hamas and jihad military targets. The gaza health ministry reporting 32 dead, including ten children, 150 wounded. The body of an 11-year-old carried through the streets during his funeral. Violence between Israel and the Palestinians escalating to its highest point in years. And just hours ago, swarms of amas rockets streaming into central Israel lighting up the night sky. Sirens in tel aviv sending residents racing for cover. The Israeli foreign ministry tweeting this video. Hamas launching more than 500 rockets, most intercepted by Israel's iron dome defense system. But not all. In ashkelon on the gaza border, rockets ripping open building. Three Israeli women killed in central Israel. 19 people wounded. In Washington, a state department spokesman saying secretary Tony blinken has spoken to leaders on both sides. Israel has the right to defend itself and to respond to rocket attacks. The Palestinian people also have the right to safety and security, just as Israelis do. Reporter: But tonight, the Israeli defense minister saying, "This is only the beginning." Matt Gutman is on the ground in tel aviv tonight and Matt, give us a sense of what it's like there on the ground. We haven't seen violence like this there since 2014. Reporter: We haven't, David. And Israel tonight is on war footing. The military saying it's called up thousands of reservists and for a time, the Israeli's main airport shut down incoming air traffic. And I believe this is the first time in a generation that we have seen violence in so many not just in gaza and in Jerusalem, but in mixed jewish/arab towns inside Israel proper. David? All right, Matt Gutman and our team. Stay safe there in tel aviv tonight. Thank you.

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