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people, a city that's been inundated by hundreds of thousands of refugees in just the last 48 hours. a lot of kurds now are starting to talk about how the u.s. basically protected this region for more than ten years with a no-fly zone up till the u.s. invasion of iraq in 2003 and perhaps we're starting to see a fresh version of that, version 2.0 today with the threat of the isis militants in 2014. >> relief among the kurds. we'll be talking to you in a mat of minutes. jake tapper takes over live from jerusalem, "the lead" starts now. the u.s. military has launched a second round of air strikes in iraq. i'm take tapper. this is "the lead." the word lead, fewer than three years after the last u.s. combat troops left iraq, american fighter jets are once again bombing targets in that country. will it be enough to keep american advisors and religious
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minorities on the ground safe from those bloodthirsty jihadists? also, so much for the cease-fire. missiles and rockets are flying once again between israel and gaza after that fragile truce ended early this morning with a barrage of palestinian rocket fire. and after pleas from humanitarian groups, the world health organization is finally calling for a massive international response to the ebola outbreak. how many lives will have been lost before that gets mobilized? >> welcome to "the lead." coming to you live from jerusalem today as rockets from gaza and missiles from israel are once again launching, now that a cease-fire is no more. we will get into all of that, but we're going to begin our world lead with the breaking news out of another middle eastern country where the bombs are also dropping, about 1300 miles away. we've learned that the u.s. military launched a second round of air strikes against islamic
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extremists. the group known as isis, the islamic state of iraq and syria. they call themselves the islamic state. this viddiol into us a short time ago reportedly shows smoke rising into the sky from one of the u.s. strikes. isis has been carving a path of death and destruction across iraq for months. they've assuredly cropped up in the president's intel briefings long before today. why take them on now? two reasons according to the president, one they began threatening the city offer bill where the u.s. has a consulate. the president warned the u.s. would strike isis convoys if they moved onner bill and the pentagon says that's exactly what they did. the second reason the president says stopping isis from committing genocide. isis ran tens of thousands of azes out of their homes in northern iraq into the mountains. the u.s. started air dropping supplies to these starving thirsty people who will likely
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be slaughtered the moment they leave the mountain. the white house again today vowed that american combat troops will not returnton iraq, not the ground anyway. remember 4,486 servicemen and women not to mention countless tens of thousands of innocent iraqis died in the war the u.s. launch there had in 2003. now, even if u.s. boots do not hit the ground, america is once again involved militarily in iraq. let's go right to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr who has more details on the breaking news. >> jake, the pentagon announcing moments ago a second round of air strikes with a very interesting words, they are doing this to defend the city offer bill. where those u.s. military advisors and diplomatic personnel are located, but as isis has grown closer and closer to the city offer bill, now the words we're hearing from the pentagon is the air strikes in the words of the pentagon spokesman admiral john ker by to help defend the city.
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we have had that first air strike in the early morning hours. against an isis artillery piece on the outskirts of the town. now we have two additional air strikes that happened a short time later. we are now just getting details. one of them was an air strike conducted by a u.s. military drone. as you know, those usually fire hell fire missiles. very precise at going after very specific targets that drone went against an isis mortar position and we are told when the fighters returned to the site moments after it was struck, the -- they were attacked again by u.s. military assets. so they attacked it. the fighters came back, the u.s. came back and attacked that mortar position again. about an hour and 20 minutes after that attack, there was a more comprehensive attack. four u.s. fa-1 aircraft we believe off the carrier george h.w. bush in the persian gulf
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launched a strike against an isis convoy of seven vehicles and an additional mortar position nearer bill. that will convoy was stationary at the time. we are told the four f/a-18s passed over the target twice dropping bombs a total of eight bombs dropped on the target of the mortar position and convoy. what we are seeing is these aircraft coming off the george w. bush going on combat air patrol over northern iraq. as they see the targets now striking them with laser-guided precision also guided by gps coordinate to the target. those kinds of bombs we've seen 500-pound gps guided bombs. there's a good reason for this. they are the weapon of choice when you are going after a potentially mobile target and you want to be very precise to avoid civilian casualties. this is exactly what you would expect the military to do and, of course, well worth
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remembering, there are now u.s. pilots at risk over isis territory. the u.s. military takes all the precautions but there is always a risk involved in this. jake? >> indeed, barbara, thank you so much. let's bring the former ambassador to iraq and afghanistan. ambassador, good to see you. advice news recently talked to press officer abu mosa on video. take a listen to his message for america. [ speaking foreign language ] >> so let me read this for those listening on the radio and
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anybody who doesn't speak arabic and didn't have a chance to read the screen there. i say to america the islamic state has been established with god's permission it will not stop your cowards if you're real men. don't send your drones, send your soldiers who we have humiliated in iraq. with god's permission we will humiliate them everywhere and raise our flag in the white house. how seriously should americans be concerned about isis? >> well, americans should be concerned about isis but these statements i'm very familiar with saddam hussein used to say during the gulf war after he invaded kuwait that the americans believe in air power and air power is not decisive. that if america would send ground forces to iraq and he lost that war. but i think isis threat is serious. we see it to the yazidis, to the
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christians, to the kurds, to is iraqi arabs and to the region ultimately to the united states. so we have to take it seriously, but we're strong enough with the an appropriate strategies to deal with it and it will take time. there will be difficulties. it isn't going to be easy. but i think we and our allies are capable enough to deal with it. >> do you think air strikes will be enough, sir? >> well, air strikes in combination with work with the kurds, with the local forces, sunnis and shias would be enough. isis reminds me a lot, jay, of the taliban in afghanistan. they, too, moved very quickly to cover a lot of areas but then we applied air power in combination with northern alliance and other
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afghan forces were able to push them out of afghan cities. so i think what we need to do is to have a coordinated strategy with local forces moving as we take them down, degrade their capabilities for them to move against those forces. so that would be very important in my view. >> do you think this would be happening if there had been some sort of residual u.s. combat force left -- u.s. is force left in iraq? >> i think that was a mistake. i have said that before. because our presence would have given us leverage to discourage malaki, prime minister malaki from being sectarian and that would have kept the political process likely on the right track, meaning the sunnis and shia and, of course, working together. and two, i think it would have also assisted with the iraqi
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forces not fragmenting, not falling apart the way they did when them confronted isis because of the changes in part that malaki brought to those forces. so i think you know, behind sight is 20/20, but my judgment is it probably wouldn't have worked the way it did if we had stayed. >> what do you say to americans who are watching this and they say their hearts go out to the yazidis and christians being slaughtered but this really isn't america's business. what's your message to them? >> well, in the current period, the biggest threat that the world faces at least one of thome is the threat of terrorism. you know, we saw it on 9/11 in the united states. and we cannot, unfortunately, isolate ourself from the world and build for res res america. in order to keep the threat away
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from the united states, we need to deal with them away from the united states and isis is a threat, a threat to the united states and the better way to deal with it is now with assistance from local forces to contain them initially and ultimately to defeat them in the theater, in iraq and syria rather than confront them in europe or even in the united states. >> former u.s. ambassador to iraq be zalmay khalilzad. appreciate your time taking the time to talk to us. >> coming up on "the lead," just months ago he called them a jv team. now president obama ordering air strikes to take them out. what drove the president to change his mind on the threat? plus a 10-year-old is dead and the fight rages on. gaza and israel as the temporary cease-fire ends. is there any hope left that a deal will be made for a permanent truce? ups is a global company, but most of our employees
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i'm jake tapper live in jerusalem. the israeli-palestinian cease-fire has gone up in flames and the rockets and missiles are once again flying. much more on this dangerous situation coming up. but first, another dangerous situation. a second round of u.s. air strikes has begun in iraq. jim sciutto has been following the american response to isis, the deadly al qaeda offshoot that has sent hundreds of thousands of civilians literally fleeing for their lives. good to see you as always. two navy fighter jets dropped laser-guided bombs this morning. what good is a limited air strike against a group that even al qaeda reportedly considers too extreme? >> despite all the territory they've managed to capture in syria and iraq, these red and black areas, these operations are limited as defined so far because the objectives of these operations are limited to two
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main goals, the first goal is here and these are the yazidi people holed up in the mountains just to the west or the east rather of mosul surrounded now. they need food as those were the humantarian air drops yesterday and now need protection, a secure corridor to get them away to safer ground in kurdish controlled areas. objective number two is in erbil, the capital in the north. in erbil, you have the u.s. consulate here in the northern part of the city. keep in mind, this is only about 20 miles to the border with iraq where isis forces have managed to get. u.s. officials very concerned about the threat to american personnel there both military and consular staff and want to protect them. that's why they've been taking strikes just along the border of erbil. what do you do about all these other areas?
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how much help to you give the iraqis? josh earnest said there could be a somewhat broader mission but did not define what u.s. would be going forward. iraqi forces have not been able to push isis forces back. what does the u.s. do to help them, if anything, going forward? >> jim, isis has been slaughtered tens of thousands of innocent iraqis for months. why act now? >> it's a very fair question. you know, those twos reasons that i gave you. one, you have a looming massacre for the yazidi people. clearly something the administration could not stomach, the prospects of some 40,000 yazidis an slaughtered as many hundreds of others have been slaughtered in other parts of the country, one, plus the risk to u.s. personnel. that was enough. you'll remember when isis was advancing towards baghdad, some weeks ago, the u.s. was talking about action to protect the airport,ings to protect american staff here. that was managed to be pushed
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back by iraqi forces. kurdish forces up here in the north could not apparently push back isis forces so the u.s. felt compelled to act now. >> all right, thanks so much. let's bring in national security advisor tony blinken. thanks for joining us. as you know, air strikes can be effective but only so far. how far is the white house willing to go to stop this slaughter by isis? >> jake, jim sciutto had it exactly right. we're dealing with an urgent situation on two fronts. one the humanitarian threat, potential catastrophe with the yazidis trapped on the mountain and an effort to relieve them and relieve the siege they're encounter. as i said, the threat to erbil where we have a significant american presence with the consulate to the give the kurd time to regroup and prepare. jake, what we have here is a much broader strategy we're implementing to empower iraqis
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over time to deal with the threat imposed by isis. that involves bringing together a new government that can bring together all the iraqi people, to make sure they have what they need. it involves empowering the kurds and other parents reaching out to the sunni tribes and coordinating all the neighbors. but we had to act to take account of these urgent situations. >> tony, a lot of people have been warning about isis for months and months with no serious action by the white house. was the intelligence not there? why is it only now that you're acting? >> actually, we've been warning about this for a long time ourselves, well beyond that. when initially in 2012, we said to the iraqis, aqi, isis's predecessor may be on its heels but the only way to keep them there is to go after them constantly. we proposed to help them do that. the politics in iraq wouldn't allow that. but it took awhile and finally a
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year ago in 2013, we began to increase the capacity of the iraqis to deal with aqi and what became isis. the syrian conflict added fuel to the fire. we've been focused on this for well over a year. unfortunately the isis threat overtook the efforts that the iraqis were making to deal with it. now, unfortunately, everyone is seized with this. but what we're seeing increasingly is coordination among the iraqis and kurds, which is unique and countries in the region who have responded to this threat which is a threat to them, as well. all getting together and looking to take action. >> tony, you say you've been warning about it, but in january, president obama told the new yorker magazine's david remnick that isis which was then still considered a part of al qaeda cardiofighting in syria was like a jv basketball team. he said the analogy we use around here sometimes and is accurate is if a jv team puts on laker uniforms, that doesn't make them kobe bryant.
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how badly did president obama underestimate it the threat of isis. >> there are two different things going on. one is the question of the threat that isis poses to us here in the homeland. unlike core al qaeda, right now their focus is not on attacking the u.s. homeland or our interests here in the united states or abroad. it's focused intently trying to create a caliphate in iraq and a base from which over time to operate. that's what we're focused on. we're focused on making sure we can help empower the iraqis and others to prevent them from doing just that. the president was right. they did not pose a threat like al qaeda central to us in the homeland. we want to make sure they don't get to the point where they can pose that threat. >> going from calling this em jv to ordering air strikes seems like a big turn around. let's move on. you were in the room when president obama called king abdullah ii to talk about the slaughter. what is he, the rest of the arab world and more broadly the international community doing to
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join with the united states and stop this? >> look, jake, the region is seized with this. isis poses a threat not only to the people of iraq, by the way, every single community in iraq, anyone they encounter they are trying to slaughter but to the neighbors, as well including the jordanians. what we're doing is helping to organize all of the countries in the region to bring to bear their assets, their resources, their support to deal with this threat. first and foremost, we need to stand up an iraqi government that brings the country together that everyone can join in supporting, building their capacity to deal with the threat. second we're working on supporting the kurd who have a very cohesive military and given the right equipment and right support can also take the fight to isis. and then throughout all of this, again, there are resources that can be brought to bear, coordination that can be brought to bear. we're seeing that increasingly with all of the neighbors. >> let's hope that the neighbors join in and help the united states with this important task. white house deputy national
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security advisor tony blinken, thank you so much. when we come back, no food, no water, surrounded by ruthless killers, tens of thousands of christians told to convert or be killed. now fearing they might die anyway without the help they need. ivan watson is on the ground with these refugees. we'll go live to him inside iraq coming up. (woman) the constipation and belly pain feel tight like a vise. how can i ease this pain?
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coming to you live from jerusalem where hostilities have resumed after a 72-hour cease-fire ended today. more on that in a moment. first our continuing coverage of the breaking news out of iraq as the u.s. once again is bringing its military might to a corrupt where it has waged war before. launching a second round of air strikes on isis jihadist targets as we have learned in the last few minutes. as religious minorities head for the hills and try to take cover, our senior international correspondent ivan watson is in erbil, a city u.s. strikes are designed to protect from the advancing isis hoards.
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can you tell us just how far how far isis is from where you are? >> they are about 30 miles by car, 50 kilometers from here in a town called guerre. they're also south of here in a town called matmor. the kurdish leadership seems a lot more comfortable and confident today than they were just 24 hours ago when it seemed that some of the peshmerga units had all but collapsed perhaps because of the heavy casualties they faced. chief of staff of the kurdistan regional government telling cnn at least 150 kurdish peshmerga have been killed since august 2nd and another 500 more wounded since that time. so the u.s. air strikes appear to have given the peshmerga, according to senior kurdish officials i've been talking to, time to regroup, time to re-form their defenses after a period when the defense were very shaky
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around the capital of the kurdistan region of erbil. the defenses that they're protecting themselves on run more than 1,000 kilometers, jake. there are only about 15 miles where the kurds still control territory that is contiguous to territory still controlled by the iraqi government. and that's on the far eastern side near the border with iran. the rest of that territory is between the kurdistan regional government and the isis militants and kurdish leaders say they've been pressed all along this very strong, long frontline over the course of this isis offensive which has succeeded in capturing the mosul dam. that's a very strategic piece of infrastructure, one that if it is destroyed or broken open could flood the plains of mesopotamia, flood all the way down to baghdad. so it's a dire military situation. and the kurdish officials have
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publicly aired their gratitude to the u.s. government for rushing military assistance, air strikes within the last 24 hours. jake? >> ivan, tell us about the people that you're meeting there, those who are yazidi or christian who have fled to erbil to take refuge. >> i've been talking to christians, shiite muslims. we're hearing about the yazidis who have fled, as well. basically,ings anybody who doesn't adhere to the strict and somewhat violent version of islam that isis has pretty much been forcing upon people in areas that it has been taking over. all of these people describe the same situation, that kurdish peshmerga units with drew from their towns and vils wednesday night, and that really triggered a panic where everybody piled into any kind of vehicle they could. they walked and they have
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flooded kurdistan region where people have been struggling to try to accommodate these hundreds of thousands of desperate civilians. some of them are in churches. some of them have taken shelter in youth recreation centers. others simply moving into unfinished apartment buildings, office buildings, and the local officials here, the local authorities have been struggling to get food and water to them ordinary kurds have been donating their own money to try to provide some kind of short-term assistance to this wave of humanity. jake? >> ivan watson in erbil, iraq. thank you. coming up next, the u.s. hoping for a cease-fire in the coming hours as the death toll creeps up in gaza. missiles and rockets flying in both directions. what will it take for israel and palestinian to come to any sort of agreement. my next two guests one from each side, will tell me. rheumatoid ,
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>> welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper coming to you live all week from jerusalem. for nearly three days, the death and destruction between israelis and palestinians came to something of a halt. now that time-out is regrettably over without any extension or longer term agreement to take its place. now the israelis carrying out fresh strikes on targets in gaza in retaliation they say for rockets fired from gaza. at least 50 since the truce expired nearly 16 hours ago. israel accused terrorists of violating the cease-fire three hours before the deadline, firing two rockets into southern israel. hamas, the militant palestinian group that will controls gaza which the u.s. state department considers to be terrorist denies firing the two rockets. it doesn't seem to matter too much now because the death has started all over again. mourners carrying the body of a 10-year-old boy killed in an air strike who say he's one of five killed across gaza so far today. the israelis say rockets from gaza injured one israeli
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civilian and one soldier. but there is a sliver of hope that the cease-fire can be reached again because while the fighting has restarred, the palestinians have not yet walked away from egyptian mediators at the negotiating table in cairo. joining me now the former chief of israel's intelligence service, the mossad, israeli ambassador to the european union and author of "man in the shadows." thanks so much for being here. if you would permit me in this indulgence. if you were prime minister now, what's the way out of this? >>. >> i believe the prime minister has followed a very, very careful script in the way he has handled this entire problem of the last few weeks. and as you probably know, israel was very happy when the cease-fire came into effect. and saw no reason why it should not be prolonged. it was hamas which not only
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violated the cease-fire several hours before it officially terminated but also refused to prolong the cease-fire because it wanted to negotiate under pressure of fire being constant in the background. i don't think that this type of policy will get hamas very far. and the best way to do it is to maintain the principle that cease pire has to come into effect so that discussions will be under way in an atmosphere of relative calm and not in an atmosphere of continuous fighting. >> not just hamas but all the palestinian factions have said that one of the conditions they want in order for the cease-fire to continue or to continue to start again is a lifting of the block kad so the people of gaza, the palestinians, who mean israel no harm but want to have their lives back can be rebuild,
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can have economic opportunity. i think a lot of people out there think that doesn't sound like such an unreasonable request. what do you say? >>. >> i think it's a very only request and i think it should be treated in a positive manner. once an agreement is reached between israel and hamas. i don't think it should be a precondition for negotiations. i don't think that makes sense. i think that after a month of fighting in which the hamas has caused the wanton damage and has actually created the situation which we're in at the moment, it is doesn't make sense that they should achieve something by setting prior conditions to a negotiation before a negotiation takes place. he think negotiations should take place unconditionally on both sides. i think in this respect, israel is doing its best to treat the hamas in the proper manner. it doesn't think that hamas has
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to have an advantage in the situation as it is at the moment. and i think this is not called for and should not be called for. >> mr. haleavy, there are a lot of supporters of israel horrified at the civilian toll in gaza who believe israel has a right to defend itself but think perhaps the response was overkill who think perhaps the response was not as precise as it should and could have been. do you understand why even many supporters of israel feel that way? >> i understand why israel supporters feel that way. but let me say something about the toll of the fighting of the recent months or recent month. hamas has announced 2,000. i have a report in my hand which was written by a very prestigious non-profit organization in israel which
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actually deals with hamas over a long period of time. and they have come up with a report saying and has chapter and verse and names of people who appear on the lists that about 47% of the names of the close to 2,000 people mentioned are actually hamas fighters. and indeed, by the way, two days ago, the ministry of the interior in hamas issued an order in hamas asking the all people refrain from disseminating information in hamas areas and in the gaza strip as a whole about the deaths of fighters in order not to the provide information and evidence as they said it, for the enemy. we being the enemy. while we're assembling this information. i can tell you authoritatively of the number hamas has been issuing, probably almost half are combatants and not noncombatens as has been stated
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by hamas. i still say that yes, the people in gaza, the population in gaza, the civilian population in gaza deserves to have a better life and israeli is interested to give it that better life. but let this be negotiated properly and not as a precondition for hamas to give a cease-fire. >> ef fra im, we appreciate your time. coming up, hamas not willing to back down down. israel responding in kind. what will it take for hamas to agree to a deal? is it even possible? we'll is ask a member of the palestinian parliament coming up. plus, just what are health care workers up against in trying to stop the spread of ebola virus. dr. san jail gupta explains how rapidly this can multiply leaving dozens exposed. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare?
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welcome back to "the lead." live from jerusalem with rocket fire once again erupting over the gaza skies, it would appear at least for the moment, peace negotiations in cairo have fallen by the wayside. a top palestinian negotiator however told cnn this morning talks of a short-term cease-fire are still on going despite the fact that israel rejected all of hamas's demands. air strikes have resumed and the israeli delegation is no longer in egypt. joining me now to discuss it all live is dr. mustafa bar beauty and is a member of the palestinian parliament. dr. barghouti, thanks for joining us. two islamic militant groups acknowledged firing rockets into israel before the cease-fire had
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expired this morning. blaming israel, they said, for refusing to meet the demands of the palestinians. the war then resumed, israel commenced bombing. palestinians commenced sending rockets into israel. and now five palestinians including a 10-year-old boy are dead. what did breaking that cease-fire accomplish other than bringing more pain to your people? >> well, i am in gaza, as you know. and i can be assure you that nobody broke the cease-fire before 8:00 when the cease-fire expired. and the palestinian side not hamas, we are talking about unified palestinian delegation that represents all palestinians, is demanding the lifting of the siege. the israeli side is calling it conditions. but tell me, please, is it a condition to demand that you will have construction material to repair the sewage systems that are broken and blooding the
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streets of gaza? is it a condition that is unnecessary to demand that supply would be repaired so that people can have drinkable water? is it wrong to fix the electricity, the only electricititation that was bombarded and destroyed by israel? palestinians want cease-fire more than anybody else. because they are the ones who are being killed. so far about 1,900 palestinians have been killed. and more than 9,800 people have been injured. i am a medical doctor by education. i've just come from the hospital. 455 children were killed. these are not militants. these are not battents and hundreds of women and children are injured in terrible conditions. so what palestinians want is a cease-fire and a lifting of the siege. what israel wants is to use the humanitarian needs of the palestinians and take
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palestinians hostage so that they can impose on us their political conditions. >> doctor, i hear what you're saying. but israel said they were in favor of an unconditional, indefinite cease-fire. and then the conversation could begin about lifting the blockade and demilitarizing gaza, et cetera. why would palestinians not support a cease-fire? it just doesn't make any sense to me. >> that's not true because what israel is proposing is unilateral cease-fire. they want palestinians not to the resist occupation. not to resist attacks while israeli planes during the time of cease-fire would continue to fly over gaza. bombard whenever they want. that's exactly what they did during the time of the cease-fire. i want to ask you a question, if you allow me. what would the united states people do if they are occupied
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by another country for 47 years, and this occupying power comes in and goes into brooklyn, for instance, and destroys every house, every church, can every clinic, every school in that place? and then puts the place under siege and puts it under blockade and more than that, it kills what would be around 300,000 people and injuries about 1.5 million americans. that's proportionally the number of people who would be dead if we had the population of the united states in gaza. how would the american people act? >> i hear. >> you wouldn't they resist this occupation? this killing? >> i imagine, i imagine -- >> we want peace, we want cease-fire. but the cause of the problem has to be addressed and the cause of the problem has been the israeli military occupation of the palestinian territories for 47 years. a system of segregation and apartheid. and a system that is oppressing
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us to gaza has been under siege for eight years, preventing people from having jobs, preventing people from having health care to deliver that 90% of the young people who are educated in gaza are unemployed. that's why we have poverty. and we have anger and that cannot be resolved without removing the blockade. so what's wrong with israel accepting a cease-fire and lifting the siege? under international observation so that humanitarian -- >> i hear what you're saying >> can reach people. what's wrong with that. >> i hear what you're saying, dr. barghouti, but i have to say, i don't know that i would support americans rebelling against this occupation staging suicide bomb attacks against civilians of the occupying force. i don't know that i would support the resistance firing upon the enemy from next to schools or hospitals but we have to leave it there. that's all the time we have.
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welcome back to the lead live from jerusalem where there is still a chance albeit scant of a cease-fire deal that would halt the fighting between israel and hamas. we're also following another major story that's grabbing attention around the world. the ebola outbreak. now classified as an international health emergency according to the world health organization. the virus which quickly spread across parts of west africa is are are kred the worst outbreak in decades. health officials are working frantically to mount a response.
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cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta has more. >> what's so concerning about ebola is that the stakes are so high. that a single lapses in standard infection control could be fatal. >> i want to show you just how quickly an infection can spread. so here's a real world example from an ebola outbreak in the early 2000s. a woman in uganda didn't know she was sick with ebola. she was in close contact with six people. her baby and father-in-law they both got sick. the baby then got his grandmother sick. and she had contact with two more people, as well. the father-in-law had close contact with 12 people. out of that, his brother and cousin both got sick. the brother then had close contact with four moral people and the cousin had close contact with five more people. including another brother who used his blanket and also got
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sick. >> if you leave behind even a single burning ember like a forest fire, it flares back up. >> that's why breaking the chain is essential to stopping the epidemic. >> that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. i now turn you over to wolf i now turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com happening now, new u.s. air strikes. they drop food for tens of thousands of trapped refugees. what's the mission the obama administration warns of potential genocide by isis terrorists against iraq's minorities but says it won't put boots on the ground. an oh bowl la emergency. health officials say the world must unite to battle the deadly virus as an american patient treated with the experimental serum makes a stunning announcement. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room."