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and try and get a sense of where those sick patients are and to close the down. but it could take months. >> david mckenzie live in sierra leone, thank you very much for joining me. i'm brooke baldwin live in new york. we're going to toss things to jerusalem and israel. a special lead with jake tapper starts right now. 15 hours and counting. can this cease-fire between israelis and palestinians hold? i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the world lead. it's now the longest truce in nearly a month of fighting. is it it the start of something lasting, or is it just a temporary reprieve before the rockets and missiles start flying once again? also, a u.s. general now the highest ranking american to be killed on the battlefield since the vietnam war. the attacker believed to be one of the very afghans the u.s. is training to take over security in that country. and the second american infected
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with ebola is back on u.s. soil today. can she fight off the virus that has killed more than half of those unlucky enough to catch it in this worst ever outbreak. hello, welcome to "the lead" coming to you live today from jerusalem where a cease-fire between israelis and palestinians has now passed the 15-hour mark. the longest pause in hostilities we've seen in nearly a full month since it all began. under this agreement, the cease-fire is it supposed to last three days to let both sides give not killing each other a chance. israel with drew its ground troops from gaza and the israel defense forces declared mission accomplishednouncing they had dismantled the network of tunnels hamas is accused of using to sneak into israel and stage attacks. hamas the militant palestinian group labeled terrorists by the u.s. government. controls gaza. some of the 200,000 palestinians
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now displaced are returning to the rubble where their homes used to stand to see if they can salvage anything. each hour that passes adds to the hope this time the cease-fire will take hold, but as we've seen so many other times, all it takes is one itchy trigger finger and the situation could slide right back to the horror where it was. the toll is incredible. more than 1,800 palestinians have been killed in this conflict. the united nations estimates about 70% of them were civilians, but israel claims that about 900 of those whom they killed were militants. according to the israelis, 64 of their soldiers and three israeli civilians have been killed. i want to get to martin savidge standing by live in gaza city. martin, do people in gaza think that this cease-fire has legs? what's the mood there? >> reporter: i think the mood is dramatically different from 24 hours ago. good evening to you here from
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gaza city, a city almost transformed. they've discovered they have a night life. there are people on the streets. there's still traffic. stores were open very late. very different night life from 24 hours ago when it was rockets going off and artillery coming in. the big question now, will this last? >> for the first time in weeks, fishermen in gaza tend to nets, a sign of optimism this cease-fire might actually work. but they don't take their boats beyond the break wall in case it doesn't. when it comes to peace it, palestinians have learned to to hedge their bets. at u.n. schools and shelters some begin leaving to go where isn't clear. others were more pragmatic, thinking it best to wait and see they said there was a truce before and we left, as a this man. but five minutes after we got home, the air strikes started. at gaza city's main market, it's busy. and the food and goods surprisingly plentiful, but the
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end of the violence has not brought an end to the long-term problems here. most conflict zones cash is king. credit cards don't work too well. and when you need cash, you go to the atm. they're lucky, this one, would. unfortunately most people haven't been paid in months. there's no money for them to withdraw. there is no shortage of opinions about the war and the talks to end it. this man says the cease-fire is the right decision. no one needs war. while this woman believes hamas will negotiate concessions from israel. i am expecting a victory from the resistance. we will win this war. we are preparing the festivities. in the wasteland here, no one is planning celebrations. this area was pounded relentlessly by israeli air strikes and artillery for days. here it's the same story. no homes, no schools, no mosques. nothing is left of what used to
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be. i was shocked, he says. he was imagining everything except the sight i saw. here in the ruins, residents are realizing a cease-fire was the easy part. the hard part is what comes next. the estimations are for the damage here anywhere from $4 billion to $6 billion according to the u.n. and some palestinian authorities. and that it could take years and decades to recover what was essentially four weeks of war, jake. >> martin savidge, thank you so much. now, let's turn to lieutenant colonel peter lerner. he is spokesman for the israel defense forces. lieutenant colonel, thanks for being here. i want to get to the crisis in gaza in a second. there are reports there's been an arrest made in the kidnapping of those three israeli teenagers, the kidnapping and killing of them that in many ways started this whole war. is that true? >> i was, i read it and heard
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about it just beforehand. it wasn't something the military carried out but indeed, i know that and can confirm an individual has been arrested in connection with this. i don't know to what level of involvement he has in the incident but indeed, i've heard that this is true. it came out of the legal system and this is one -- somebody that's been involved in it clearly. >> do you have a name of the individual or no? >> no. >> not yet. okay. let's talk about the body count in gaza because that is something that has shocked and horrified many people including supporters of israel. first of all, the idea, the israel defense forces says of the 1800 that the gazans say were killed about 900 you say were militants. how are you computing that? i know the united states in drone operations considers any combat age male killed to have been a militant. is that how you're doing it, or do you have proof these individuals were actively engaged in fighting israel?
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>> our method as far as this is concerned is based on two components. first of those those that we struck from the air with our air force. second the reports of the troops coming out in the last 24 hours reporting their type of actions. that's why it's a round figure. it's an assessment, not an accurate figure. we might see that together with intelligence and the civil administration components when that comes together, we will see a much more indep this will analysis. but that is a preliminary assessment of the reports coming out and the indication we have from our forces. >> your numbers differ significantly from the united nations numbers how many of the 1800 were actually engaged in combat against israel. but even if your numbers are right, that's still 900 or so innocent civilians with under 70 israelis killed including mostly israeli soldiers. can you understand why so many people around the world, including supporters of israel,
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find that number horrifying and unacceptable and think that maybe israel was excessive in its use of force? >> well, jake, we do not target civilians intentionally. >> but you hit them. >> the situation is such that when you are operating, when we're operating on the ground, it's a war down there. you know, 900 terrorists killed in combat with us means there was a battle going on on the ground. you've seen the footage from the places where the battles have taken place where you pointed out to the destruction. that is because where they were hiding. so indeed, there is a huge amount of impact on the civilian population, on the civilian environment. it's not something we want to. and at the end of the day, there is a war going on there. we went to great extent to try and warn the people to you know, urge them to leave the areas. but unfortunately, some of them stayed. some of them were told to stay
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and this is a reality. we didn't want to go to gaza. we didn't -- we just didn't want to. every time we'd urged for cease-fire and tried to de-escalate the situation, hamas aggravated the situation. we had no choice. we did not want those tunnels. >> there's a lot you said there that others would dispute. but i do want to move forward and ask questions about the cease-fire. yesterday in jerusalem, there were two attacks the police called terrorist attacks. there was another stabbing near a settlement. these types of lone wolf attacks is what police think they are, not put out there, not encouraged by hamas. would they violate a cease-fire or does it have to be something that hamas or islamic jihad actually does? >> we're in a standoff basically in gaza with hamas down there.
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the atmosphere terrorist attacks that have taken place and you described over the last few days in and around the area of jerusalem and so on, there's i'd say a vague lankage perhaps indeed with the atmosphere indeed somebody that sympathizes and wants to do something. i wouldn't connect that to the situation on the ground in gaza. we have forces there that are intending to protect the border to prevent more infiltration, perhaps if somebody tries to come up out of the ground in one of the tunnels that we did not know about, there's a possibility there still is a tunnel or two we don't know about. so that is what we are on the standoff for gaza. we have to -- >> looking more at things directly linked to hamas. >> specifically to hamas. look forward to the next two days to see it is extended. again, we are extremely happy that the situation is now calmer. we're extremely happy that those tunnels are no longer a threat to us. >> i have to go. we hope to have you back.
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i want to ask more about the tunnels. peter leonard, thank you so much. coming up next, a terror attack leaves a u.s. general dead. the highest ranking u.s. service member to be killed on the battlefield since vietnam and the alleged killer is a trusted after gan soldier who had gone through a rigorous screening process we're told. so how did he do it? plus, russian troops building up along the ukrainian border ready to move the an a moment's notice. just what is putin planning? [rob] so we've had a tempur-pedic for awhile, but now that we have the adjustable base, it's even better. [alex] when i put my feet up on this bed, my stress just goes away. [evie] i go up...heeeeyyy... [donna]our tempur-pedic is the best thing in our house,
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training facility. this is the highest ranking u.s. military death since the war began. the attack happened at a camp qargha. >> we're having problems with jake's satellite. he was talking about the fact the shooter is believed to be someone who troops had little reason to find suspicious because he was one of them. jim sciutto reports attacks by afghan troops on u.s. troops are ufortunately nothing new. >> it szen attack killing the most senior u.s. officer since 9/11. it began with a routine trip to afghanistan's premier training facility for afghan military officers. a delegation of senior american and coalition officers was visiting the marshall fahim national defense university outside kabul when disaster struck. an afghan soldier opened fire
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with a russian-made light machine gun, a u.s. general was killed. 15 coalition soldiers including eight americans were injured some seriously. forces responded killing the shooter. pentagon officials tell cnn the shooter was an afghan soldier who had been with his unit for some time and-completed a rigorous seven-step vetting process to ensure he was not a taliban fighter. >> we're months away from the u.s. handing over security responsibility for afghanistan to afghan forces like these. does this undermine your confidence in their ability to take over that role? >> the afghan national security forces continue to perform at a very strong level of competence and confidence and warfare capability. they have had a good year securing not one but two national elections. >> reporter: so-called green on blue attacks when afghan soldiers attack their coalition partners have been an ongoing and grave problem for the u.s. and coalition forces.
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after peaking in 2012, coalition death interests such attacks dipped last year in, part due to new security measure. but today's attack made clear the risk remains. >> as we turn more and more of the security responsibilities for these installations over to afghan troops, i think the risk will rise because since we don't control who the afghans assign to these duties, it is very easy for the taliban to infiltrate these people. as we draw down our force, the chances for this to happen increases, not decreases. >> i also asked admiral kirby whether attacks like this have eroded the trust between u.s. soldiers and after gan partners. he said actually, it's getting better and better. the numbers support that, green on blue attacks peaked in 2012 and have come down significantly since then. he made the point the measures they've taken to reduce the risk, they only mitigate the risk, they don't eliminate it.
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afghanistan is still very much a battlefield. >> jim sciutto, thank you so much. thanks also to dana bash for picking up when the satellite went down there. these so-called green on blue attacks have been on the decline in recent years. still, there their serious concerns whether these attacks undermine afghanistan's ability to secure itself. once the remaining u.s. combat forces withdraw at the end of the year. let's bring in former u.s. envoy to afghanistan peter thompson, author of the book "the car wars of afghanistan." good to see you. i know the numbers are down since 2012 when 61 coalition troops were killed by afghan troops. why do you think these green on blue incidents remain such a problem in afghanistan? is there do you think a larger sifnif cannes of this tragedy? >> it's like a suicide attack. it's hard to ascertain who is the enemy and who is not. these attacks have come down.
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this is the fourth this year. in a guerrilla war, i faced a similar situation when i was in president karzai's motorcade and i was in the vehicle in front of him in september -- 2002, when a security guard of the kandahar governor stepped forward and started shooting into our cars. the taliban and their backers in pakistan, they look for these types of turn coats and sometimes there's already on the job when they go to their families in the tribe or the clan and they talk them into turning this soldier against the coalition. so most of these attackers are killed in the process of the attack. so it's hard to interrogate them afterwards. but i think there's a lot of cases where the ultimate motivation comes from the strategic objective of the talibanton mount these types of
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attacks. >> do you think that this attack undermines the ability in any way or at least the united states confidence in the ability of afghans to take control of their own security 100% in the next few months? >> i think that the latter is a bigger danger than the former. i think the afghans are determined now and they're very proud of what they've done since taking over all combat operations in all 34 provinces last year with our support, we have to give them vital support which has to continue, air support, logistics support, intelligence support. but from our side, that's part of the objective of the taliban and the -- hair supporters in pakistan, their enablers. and that is to lower the support for afghanistan and for standing up in afghan state and helping it to survive in the united states. >> ambassador thompson, thank you so much for your time. appreciate it. could up, predicting vladimir
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welcome back to the lead. i'm jake tapper live in jerusalem. as i speak, israeli and palestinian forces are still for now thankfully holding their fire, but the situation remains fragile to say the least. and the clock is ticking on this 72-hour agreement. we've got much more on the crisis to come on the lead". but meanwhile, there is other world news i want to cover such as no break in the violences in eastern ukraine. and now word coming that russia is ramping up war games on their side of the border with 17 battalions, about 20,000 troops ready for action according to
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nato. let's go to our senior international correspondent nick paton walsh in donetsk. nick, is this a show of force or something more nefarious? >> we've seen shows of force by the kremlin's forces for the last few weeks or so. the real question is, is this mobilization of 20,000 up from 12,000 in just one week, is this about trying to intimidate the ukrainian army, making fast advances where i am in donetsk, trying to slow their pace or are they contemplating some sort of intervention. nato officials saying special forces, logistics, anti-aircraft artillery everything they need to seriously interfere. western sanctions have slowed the kremlin's ambitions to be involved in eastern ukraine on the ground. we're into a key phase with the war. i'm standing in donetsk, death lay silence this time of night. two dead as the ukrainian army has been advancing behind me here into the edges of the city itself proper coming closer and
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closer we hear from the local city council. we've heard occasional small arms fire around here. the separatists certainly thinning out. many wondering are they going to vanish into the night or waiting for the military of ukraine could-to-come in so they can ambush them into the city center. >> that's the big question. i guess the follow-up is how fast could the russian troops pour across the border if that command was given? >> reporter: a matter of hours we understand. that's why they're positioned with, they are. that's why they're the kind of units they are to give them maximum ability according to nato. bear in mind western sanctions seemed to have slowed russia's desire for that. there's a lot of domestic public opinion egging them on. the kremlin's own propaganda machine is hard for them to outstrip. they have a problem of their own creation there, but certainly losing this fight in eastern ukraine would be a remarkable
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humiliation for moscow and putin's whole adventure in this part of his key neighbor. the issue is here, are they willing to take the international flack for intervening or see the separatist militants who increasingly appeal loudly for assistance from russia who they ally themselves to, are they let them going to go to the wall against the ukrainian arm. >> coming up, we've seen the iron dome blow them up, but how does hamas set up and launch those rockets so quickly? we'll show you the incredible video from inside a residential area in gaza coming up next. ♪ [ woman ] if you have moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis like me, and you're talking to your rheumatologist about a biologic... this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain. this is humira helping me lay the groundwork. this is humira helping to protect my joints from further damage. doctors have been prescribing humira for ten years.
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back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper live in jerusalem. in the last few moments before this current fragile 72-hour cease-fire kicked in, both sides got off some parting shots. cnn teams on the ground actually witnessed one israeli strike on gaza city early tuesday morning
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and heard several others and according to the israel defense forces, about 20 rockets were also fired from gaza towards israel. all of that minutes before the cease-fire went into effect. i want to play a clip that we saw today from ndtv, an indian news network whose reporters say they watched from their hotel room window as one of those rockets was prepared and launched from a packed civilian area of gaza. >> by reasonable doubt it's fair to guess that this is a potential hamas rocket launching site that this is an area very heavily built up. a lot of residential and hotel buildings all around. sort of a bush on top of whatever they've buried under the sand. >> that's the rocket being fired tuesday morning a day after the -- from the exact spot the rocket has been fired. that's the smoke.
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we just shot a video of it. >> so what will happen on ground when and if the 72-hour cease-fire runs out without a long-term agreement there? joining me from ramallah in the west bank is muhammad staja, an advisor to palestinian president mahmoud abbas. thank you so much for joining us. i want to get to the cease-fire and moving it forward in a second. first of all, that area, that video was shot, that was packed with civilians. hamas turned a neighborhood into a target as a palestinian, that must bother you. >> what bothers me is the killing of innocent people. remember one important thing. gaza is screw crowded area. about 1.9 palestinians live in only 370 square kilometers. so wherever you go in gaza, it's very crowded whether here or there. what we want and what we have
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been really calling is an end of this aggression. you see it is not just defied under any circumstances that if somebody hijacks a bus you don't simply bomb the bus 0 kill one person. and there are circumstances, this is not justified to really demolish or attack a launching, rocket launching machine to kill so many people in one shot. this is totally unacceptable under any circumstances and we fully condemn it. >> i understand you condemn the israeli military operations in gaza, but really, you're not going to express any remorse at all as hamas firing rockets from right next to population centers, apartments, houses, businesses, really? >> no. you see, you have to get it right. we have to understand that it is israel who started this had aggression on gaza. and the people in gaza if israel has the right to defend itself,
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i assume that any nation in the world, any human being in the world has also the right to defend himself. as i told you, the issue is not using as it has been claimed earlier human beings as shields to protect themselves for hamas or whatever. the issue here is the following. there is an attack on civilians. whatever there does not justify killing 1,600 people -- 85% of them are children, kids, civilians and so on. adversely, we don't like all of this war at all. we want it to stop. we don't like it here or there. that is the most important thing. it's an act of aggression by israel on civilian people. >> let's move forward. i want to talk about this cease-fire deal. why now? why not three weeks ago? israel says that they signed off on this cease-fire agreement but it's not really any different
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from the one the egyptians proposed three weeks ago or the one that you and other palestinians in the west bank proposed one week ago. what's different with this deal than what you and egypt have already proposed? >> yell, by all means, we were hoping that we stopped this aggression from day one. unfortunately, things escalated and we went from one funeral to the other and therefore, the escalation couldn't be contained. adversely the whole circumstances have ripened the regional, the united states effort, the egyptian effort and everybody everybody has come to a conclusion that it is the right moment. by all means, we have lost 1,850 palestinians and i think that at the end of the day, we are coming to the same conclusion. from day one, president abu mazen has visited turkey, qatar, saudi arabia, all over the place. he has phone calls with secretary kerry.
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he had meeting with him. our main interest was to stop this aggression from day one and to avoid losses of human lives under these sort of terrible conditions. >> the israelis say going forward, assuming the 72-hour cease-fire holds and we all hope it does, going forward, the israelis want gaza demilitarized in exchange for the lifting of the blockade in greater economic opportunity for the people of gaza. would you be willing to support the demilitarization of gaza in exchange for what the people of gaza so desperately need? >> well, look, i see this as really blackmail. i don't think there should be any trade between reconstruction of gaza, humanitarian aid, relief aid and demilitarization of gaza. the demilitarization of gaza should be part of a final status negotiations. the problem is not the armament of hamas or the disarmament of
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hamas. the most serious problem that the palestinians are facing whether it is in jerusalem, in the west bank, in gaza is occupation. we have not to deal with the symptoms. we have to deal with the roots of the problem, the roots of the problem is that the fact that there is israeli occupation to the palestinian territory. we went -- we want to end this occupation. we want to live side by side with the the state of israel in a state of palestine for the palestinians to enjoy gaza's strip lies on the mediterranean side. i am sure most of our people would like to enjoy the summer to enjoy swimming to enjoy some music to be human beings. this occupation, this siege is king -- i humanizing the palestinian people whether in the west bank or in gaza. >> mohammed shtayyah, appreciate your time. protected patients is hiding in fear. what doctors are up against in one african country as they try to stop the spread of the killer
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getting hit hard. david mckenzie is live in sierra leone or he spoke to some ebola patients and the doctors treating them. you also got access to the largest medical facility there where a bulk of the patients are being treated. tell us about it. >> reporter: well, that's right, jake. though the bulk of the patients are there -- there are many patients or many sufferers who might just be out there in the villages in this area that hven't been found. there's a sense from doctors without borders jake, that this situation is out of control and with all the heroic efforts they're doing to save patients and to quarantine patients, it's not enough. i spoke to one woman who lost her husband and her son. it appears she's actually recovering some 30% do recover. but she said that this is just decimating communities and that she's going to fight to survive. it's a very serious situation here. jake? >> david, talk to us about the level of response that you're
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seeing. >> well, the response by the doctors without borders teams here is incredible. but they just cannot meet the demand to face this outbreak. it's incredibly complicated. it's in three separate countries in this area in the border region where people move back and forth. so yes, it's difficult to combat, but there is a sense from many i've spoken to that the governments were too slow, that they didn't deal with this in the early stages and especially here in sierra leone, they might not have dealt with it when it was really crucial. now it's out of hand. they like to say they want to step one step ahead of an outbreak to stamp it out. i was told today there are three steps behind and this col never end. forget the six months. this could never end if they don't get more help in here to try and stamp it out. that, of course, has regional and global health implications. jake? >> indeed. horrifying. david mckenzie reporting.
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thank you and stay safe. back in the u.s., the second american ebola patient is now being treated at emory hospital in atlanta. this video shows nancy writebol being transported from a specially equipped ambulance. she contracted it while doing missionary work. today the president of that group spoke about her condition and her family's emotional journey. >> we were thinking about a possible funeral arrangements. yet, we kept our faith. now, we have a real reason to be hopeful. >> dr. sanjay gupta is live outside emory hospital in atlanta. what's the latest on her condition? >> well, we hear she's settling into thisitislation unit. the plan i understand talking to the doctors up there was to assess her overall condition.
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see what sort of toll this viral enfection has taken on her body, her heart, her lungs, her kidney and her liver. and see what sort of supportive therapy she needs. the through fluids. also to get the third dose of this experimental serum we've been talking about. she's received two doses already. they were given in liberia. this would be a third dose which we understand they're planning administering on wednesday. she should be meeting with her family and might be doing that, as well, jake. signs look pretty good, pretty optimistic, jake. >> that's good. but she was taken into the hospital on a stretcher which to many of us laymen seemed in stark contrast with the other patient, dr. kent brantly who was able to walk in. does that mean anything? does it mean her body's not responding, as well to this experimental serum? >> i would say two things. i think the surprising thing to me and i think a lot of people
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was more brantley and the fact that he was able to walk in. keep in mind, just about 36 hours earlier, his condition was listed to us as grave. he had had a conversation with his wife basically saying good-bye to her. and then he was able to, as you saw, walk out of the ambulance into the hospital. i expected him to be on a gurney given that condition. she is older. she has -- she came later evacuated later so it may have taken more of a toll on her body. i don't think they're reading too much into it. it's sort of expected even being strapped in, some of that is standard for being transported in this way. you saw the people with her in those tyvek bioprotective suits. that's standard, as well, jake. >> dr. san jail gupta reporting from emory hospital. atlanta, georgia. coming up, stopping terrorist attack nz on some of the holiest and oldest sites on earth. how israeli police are using
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hundreds of secret cameras to watch every move. we got a firsthand look behind the scenes at how the they do it.
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we'll give you $150. comcast business. built for business. welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper live in jerusalem. this is of course, home to the old city of jerusalem, the richest blending of cultural and historical snifls possibly anywhere in the world for christians, muslims and jews, also a city whose ownership is disputed with the status of jerusalem. a major sticking point in net future peace talks. keeping the old city of jerusalem safe on a day to day basis for residents, worshipers and tourists, is as challenging as its its many paths are confusing. jerusalem has 3,000 police officers, a third of whom are assigned to the outskirts. tensions caused by the war in gaza combined with what police described as twos terrorist
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attacks yesterday combined with today also being a jewish fast day commemorating the destruction of the first and second temples in this very city. all of that combined made today especially nerve rack. we spent some time with the israeli police to get a sense of their immediate task at hand. the old city of jerusalem on edge. just hours into a fragile cease-fire and a day after the current blood shed between israel and gaza spilled into jerusalem with two deadly events, the israeli police characterized as terrorist attacks. it's just feet from the wailing wall, the al aqsa mosque and the dome of the rock. where we meet up with israeli police spokesman mickey rosenfeld. >> how has it been today? >> this morning there were already disturbances at 8:00 in the morning as the temple mount was opened. >> what happened in. >> stone were thrown at police officers. they responded here ahead of
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time and prepared and pushed back the rioters. as stone were being thrown, a molotov cocktail was thrown, petrol ones. >> on and off for the past few years, the israeli police have banned some muslims from praying here, islam's third holiest site. resentment of this policy and other policies has resulted in many clashes in the past. >> there were clear indications there were going to be disturbances on temple mount and an age limit was implemented. women, of course, of all ages but those security measures are critic to make sure t tension is kept and doesn't overflow. >> the two attacks yesterday in jerusalem have officials concerned that the events down south in gaza have opened up a new front here. a palestinian killed an israeli by toppling a bus and an unknown gunman shot an israeli soldier. >> hopefully after tomorrow, based on the security assessments, things will be back to normal.
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we'll have less security measures in and around the area in terms of police officers. >> but just minutes later, another attack. >> so you just got a phone call. what happened in. >> just as we're talking, we just received confirmation of a stabbing incident, palestinian stabbed an israeli security guard. >> it took place near an israeli settlement on land that palestinians say is theirs. the sites here are centuries old but rosen if he would says the police are now aided by the modern technology of closed circuit tv cameras. more than 300 of them throughout the old city. >> we have a lot of cctv cameras watching every movement that takes place around the western wall area, the temple mount, the holy sitesen as the church of the sup you ker. the midges are broadcast here near the entrance to the old city. >> you have 60 screens watching sensitive areas. 320 cameras all together. >> not everyone is so enthusiastic about the cameras.
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this arab business mann says the technology helps crack down on crimes against jews. >> does it make you feel safer with the cameras or no? >> i don't think, no. >> but he says when he has made complaints about crimes against him by jews, well, suddenly police say the cameras do not work. >> even the police here them say -- >> nice to meet you. >> rosen if he would says it's not true but the businessman's is not a unique complaint in a city marked by divisions and tensions. the good news for mickey rosenfeld is that today in the old city was another day with no loss of life. and for now, that will have to be called a success. >> our thanks to mickey rosen if he would. follow me on twitter @yak tapper. it's all one word and also @the lead. check out lead for videos, blogs and extras and subscribe to our magazine on
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flipboard. i'll be back tonight co-anchoring live from jerusalem. for now, i turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." blitzer in "the situation room." wolf? -- captions by vitac -- >> happening now, breaking news. u.s. general killed. a gunman said to be an afghan soldier opens fire at a military academy near kabul. 15 other troops are wounded. insider attack. dozens of coalition troops have been killed by their afghan allies in recent years. are americans safe working alongside i'd afghan soldiers? and cease-fire holding. the rockets and the air strikes have stopped. israeli troops are now out of gaza. can their neighbors help them build on then fragile truce. >> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." let's get right to the breaking news. a u.s. general is gunned down in afghanistan as a war that's winding down claims its