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more news is always on the way. >> shep: this is the fox report. a deadly escalation in the violence in the middle east. rockets and air strikes across the border of israel and the gaza strip. now israeli forces are massing on the ground and on the move. plus, members of congress in a showdown about the assault on benghazi that killed americans. >> this administration continues to put out things that are just not quite true. >> i don't think playing political games is what we should do. >> shep: tonight lawmakers look to sort out the facts of the attack on our consulate. general petraeus, speaking to the media for the first time since his resignation talking about the benghazi attacks and the affair that cost him his job. plus what he says about his wife
and his cheating. manslaughter charges in the gulf oil spill catastrophe. bp accused of negligence for the disaster that killed 11 men and triggered an environmental cataclysm. >> communities here in new orleans and around the gulf have waited patiently for justice to be done. today their wait is over. >> shep: tonight bp admits some guilt and agrees to pay a record penalty. we begin a fox urgent and the situation in israel is deteriorating and growing more violent by the day. that rocket blast from gaza today targeted israel's commercial hub tel aviv. that is the first such attack on that city in more than 20 years. it is and has been a red line for israel and now it's been crossed. israeli troops are on the move. a top defense official called up more reservists ahead of what may become a ground war.
we have video that shows trucks carrying tanks and other armored vehicles moving toward the border with the gaza. the israeli army reports it may draft as many as 30,000 troops for a possible ground invasion. tonight militants in gaza fired an estimated 200 rockets at israel. three of them reportedly targeting tel aviv. that city's metropolitan area is home to more than a million people, roughly the size of the entire dallas metroplex. the missiles triggered air sirens as panicked citizens ran for cover. tel aviv is only about 40 miles from the gaza. earlier today, fox's leeland vittert was on the ground in a town along the gaza border. >> we've got more missiles coming in. you can see everyone running. this is right now the very safest place. we're going to come in under here and now we wait. those awful seconds that everyone in this part of the world knows what it's like to wait as the missiles coming in, you know it's here.
the question is where will it hit? there it was. >> shep: we'll have more of his report later in this hour. lee land's reports a rocket blast struck this apartment building and killed members of a family. a baby now listed in critical condition. the coloring book stained with blood. all part of the heaviest fighting between the israelis and the palestinians in nearly four years. remember, this comes just one day after the israeli army reported it had killed a top commander of the militant group hamas. part of a wave of new air strikes which israel claims has hit hundreds of targets in the gaza. defense officials say this video shows the successful hit and a spokesman for hamas says with that attack, israel had, quote, opened the gates of hell. so tonight so far at least three israelis and 19 palestinians have dead, including four children. the british broadcasting corporation reports one victim was the 11-month-old son of a company editor. and as the violence grow, there is a very real possibility that
it could spiral into another bloody war, something that the israelis and the palestinians know all too well. david lee miller live early friday morning, not far from the gaza border in israel. describe what's there tonight. >> that's right. we're two miles from the border. it's 2:00 o'clock in the morning. overhead i can hear what sounds like israeli aircraft. over my shoulder off in the distance you can see the lights of gaza. throughout the past several hours, we have seen and heard several israeli air strikes. from our position here, we literally felt the ground shake. israeli officials say they have hit as many as seven underground medium range missile launch sites. they have also say they hit a generator that had provided electricity to the home of palestinian prime minister. they also hit a police station, as well as several smuggling tunnels and as you mentioned, it is now reported that there are 19 palestinians dead. among them, four children. some as young as ten months old. the militants, however, continue to fire their rockets.
as many as 300 in the direction of israel. nearly half of them have been intercepted by the israeli missile defense system. nevertheless, that is a system checker that is not perfect. as many as three people, three israelis today died because of those rockets. >> shep: i mentioned the attempt on tel aviv. that is a red line and must have been a real shock there. >> indeed. the last time that tel aviv came under attack it was the first gulf war in 1991. many israelis feared an attack. they expected an attack. but when it finally happened, you're right. the best reaction to describe it was one of disbelief. israel said had destroyed many of the long-range rockets believed to be smuggled into gaza by iran. they were produced in iran and many israelis were hoping they had all been destroyed. that's apparently not the case. at least two of those rockets hitting the tel aviv area. authorities will not say where
they landed. there were no injuries. they don't want to be very descriptive because they do not want to give what might be targeting instructions to the palestinians. the defense minister, barak, said that the palestinians are going to pay a heavy price for the rocket attack in general and specifically because of the rocket attack targeting tel aviv. shepherd. >> shep: david lee miller in israel along the gaza border. thanks very much. continuing coverage of this story which is breaking ahead, we're live at the united nations with global reaction. we're back live in israel as events warrant as fox reports live tonight. first to the scandal that forced the c.i.a. director, david petraeus, to give up his job. we are learning now that the acting director, michael morell, has ordered an investigation into the general's conduct. this is new tonight. the general stepped down last week after acknowledging he did have an extramarital affair with his biographer. general petraeus scheduled to
testify tomorrow before the house and senate intelligence committees. lawmakers are set to question him about the attack on our consulate in libya and today the house foreign affairs committee gave a preview of what we might expect. republicans and democrats traded angry accusations about who is to blame for the attack that killed four americans, including our ambassador to libya. whether the administration misled people in the days after that assault. >> what is clear is that this administration, including the president himself, has intentionally misinformed -- read that lied -- to the american people in the aftermath of this tragedy. >> barak obama was no more responsible for what happened in benghazi than george bush was for september 11 or that ronald reagan was with the blowing up of the u.s. marine in beirut. >> shep: this just one of several hearings that were underway today. each focused on what went wrong in benghazi.
katherine herrage live. it's my understanding that within the hour, we've learned some members of congress viewed a video of that attack happening in benghazi. >> the intelligence community put together a half hour video, composite from multiple video sources that shows the minutes before the attack, the militants overrunning the consulate, and the second wave of mortars that struck the c.i.a. annex. >> i mean, it's just so obvious to be so obvious to any inexperienced individual that this was purely a terrorist attack. >> fox news has told the c.i.a. is launching a preliminary investigation into the former director's conduct. the issue is whether any c.i.a. resources were used to facilitate the alleged affair between petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell. the f.b.i. is already concluded that the former director was not the source of the classified information found on her computer. however, if anything improper is found during the course of the c.i.a. investigation, it will be dealt with accordingly, shep.
>> shep: what more do we know about the closed door hearing today? >> well, the classified hearings were closed to the public and they lasted several hours with some democrats saying after that the sessions were constructive, but puts to rest reports, including comments by the former c.i.a. director's biographer that, the the attack was an effort to free prisoners held. >> i have no information that any of that occurred whatsoever. that there were people being held. >> fox news has also told there were heated exchanges over the so-called benghazi talking points that suggested the attack was a demonstration that spun out of control. fox news has told neither the director of national intelligence, james clapper, nor mike morell, knew who finalized the talking points and they could not explain why the talking points minimized the role of al-qaeda when there was strong evidence of the terror group's involvement. the hacking c.i.a. director was pushed to explain why on
september 14, three days after the attack, he seemed wedded to the flash mob explanation. morell said he wasn't at that briefing and he had nothing further to add. >> shep: it's my understanding that susan rice, our ambassador to the u.n., came up a lot today. >> that story has really got a lot of traction. one republican alleging that president, quote, intentionally misinformed the american people about the attack and now he wants to promote ambassador rice, who said the attack was not premeditated terrorism, but spontaneous. >> president obama has the gall to float the name as possible secretary of state, the name of the person who is the actual vehicle used to misinform the american people during this crisis. >> democrats defended rice, adding the u.n. ambassador got her information from the c.i.a. and other agencies. >> these unfair attacks on ambassador susan rice are simply
wrong. she had to rely on the intelligence that was provided. i sat here while colin powell provided the intelligence that he had regarding weapons of mass destruction in iraq. >> this is a critical point. who finalized these talking points for ambassador rice and what was clear in the testimony today is that it was a real flash point between lawmakers and the intelligence community who could not say who ultimately signed off on those points, whether it was someone within the white house or someone within the intelligence community, shep. >> shep: katherine, on this matter of benghazi today, a reporter asked the attorney general, eric holder, why the justice didn't department tell the white house about this investigation. response. >> we made the determination as we were going through the matter that there was not a threat to national security. had we made the determination that a threat to national security existed, we would, of course, have made that known to
the president and also to the appropriate members on the hill. >> shep: now we're hearing a woman who helped launch the investigation that exposed the affair apparently visited the white house a few weeks ago. details on that coming up inside fox report. first a fox urgent. air force officials confirm a fighter jet has crashed in the florida panhandle. kendall air force base. they say the pilot ejected safely. happened there, which is on the coast between pensacola, more specifically right around panama city. the jet was an f-22 fighter like this one worth more than $140 million. officials say it's now littering a base runway. the main highway there also shut down. no word on the cause of the crash. more details as they come in. world leaders are now taking action to try to defuse the violence between israel and hamas. coming up, what they're doing and how it's going so far. word from the white house as violence escalates.
>> shep: coverage of massing forces in the middle east as israel prepares for what may become a ground invasion of the gaza strip. world leaders are monitoring the rapidly deteriorating situation there and working to prevent an all-out war. hamas claims this video shows rockets launched into israel, some of the hundreds they fired today. meanwhile, israeli jets slammed targets in the gaza strip, softening up ammunition areas. hours ago, the white house blamed hamas for the situation and said attacking israel does nothing to help the palestinian people. the fox report's chief correspondent jonathan hunt live on duty at the united nations. world leaders coming together. what can they do? >> they've been making an intense round of phone calls over the past 24 hours.
those calls involving president obama, the french president, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, and palestinian leader abbas. frankly from the west, most of the pressure being applied on hamas right now to cease the rocket attacks and the u.s. in particular, staying away from any criticism of israeli military action. ben rhodes, the deputy national security advisor, said in a conference call with reporters today, quote, ultimately it is up to the israeli government to make determinations about how they're going to carry out their military objective. the middle east peace envoy, tony blair, also put the ball firmly in hamas' court. listen. >> all of it is deescalated back down. that means the rockets stop. because if the rockets carry on, the israeli air strikes will carry on and what happens as we've seen is that in that, there will be innocent israeli civilians killed, innocent palestinian civilians killed.
>> here at the united nations, there was an emergency meeting of the security council late last night. you won't be surprised to hear no action was agreed upon. shep. >> shep: in the middle of all of this, it's a very unstable and frankly, unpredictable egypt. and it could be the key. >> yeah. egypt is absolutely a key player in this. right now it's new muslim brotherhood president, morsi, appears to be playing both sides. he has reportedly quietly given the green light to his intelligence services to put pressure on hamas to scale back on those rocket attacks, while publicly he is sending his prime minister to the gaza strip tomorrow in what will clearly be a show of solidarity with the palestinians. now, the egyptian calculation may be that by having their prime minister there, they will cause a pause in the fighting because israel will be reluctant to carry on with the air strikes and launch any kind of ground invasion while such a high
ranking egyptian politician is there. that might, of course, help the palestinians. on the other hand, any pause in the fighting also gives a little more time for diplomacy to start work. but watching what egypt's leaders say and do in the next few days is going to be key in what happens next in this very tense situation. shep. >> shep: indeed. jonathan hunt. israeli officials are urging people to go into public buildings and take cover in bomb shelters when they hear the warning sirens and they're hearing them a lot. we'll have context on this developing story from a form intelligence officer for the u.s. secretary of defense. first, bp has agreed to shell out a record settlement in connection with the historic oil spill in the gulf of mexico. now two of its workers face manslaughter charges. bp now admits, we lied to you again and again ♪
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>> shep: breaking news now on fox news channel and terrible word out of west texas in the last few minutes. a train has crashed into a parade trailer. that trailer filled with wound warriors in west texas. multiple people have been killed. it happened in midland, west texas, less than 90 minutes ago. the veterans taking part in the hunt for heros parade. reports indicate that at least several people are dead. four by most accounts. some 16 people taken to area hospitals in midland and odessa. veteran, wounded warriors killed in a parade. a federal grand jury indicting two supervisors for the oil giant bp on charges of manslaughter for the 2010 deep water horizon disaster. the feds accuse another executive of misleading congress
and lying to investigators about how much oil spilled in the gulf. we knew it was a lie at the time and now they admit it. earlier today, bp agreed to pay the u.s. government a record $4.5 billion. the largest criminal penalty in the history of our nation. the attorney general says his office is not finished investigating. >> today's resolution does not, does not mark the end of our efforts. our criminal investigation remains ongoing and we will continue to follow all credible leads and pursue any charges that are warranted. >> shep: bp agreeing to plead guilty on felony charges for the actions that led to the disaster which killed 11 workers. as you know, the explosion sent some 200 million gallons of crude oil into the gulf. it killed wildlife, devastated commercial fishing and other businesses, and essentially brought tourism in the gulf to a halt. phil keating with more live in
our florida news room. what are the families of those 11 workers saying about this deal? >> many of the families are still searching for answers and still believe at least somebody ought to serve some time behind bars. to date, nobody has. this settlement with the justice department does not include the still outstanding wrongful death claims that involve almost all of the 11 families. an hour ago i spoke on the phone with the woman whose grandson died in the explosion out in the gulf. she says it bothers me so bad when i see the commercials on tv and they brag about how the gulf is back. but they never say anything about the 11 lives that were lost. they want to us forget about it, but don't know what they've done to the families that lost someone. she tells me her grandson always referred to the deep water horizon as the rig from hell because of chronic problems that were never fully resolved clearly. shep. >> shep: i'll say. phil, reaction to the settlement tonight, how is that?
>> bp in its statement is apologizing for its actions and i quote from the statement, all of us at bp deeply regret the tragic loss of life caused by the accident, as well as the impact of the spill on the gulf coast region. remember seeing this video every single night for three months? well, bp's ultimate fine could still grow by billions and billions of dollars more. in february, the civil trial for bp begins in downtown new orleans. that involves the four impacted gulf coast states and the clean water act under which the fine for bp could be quadrupled if gross negligence is determined. >> shep: some 16 to $18 billion. thanks. we're following breaking news. a key united states ally getting ready for a possible ground war. the heaviest fighting in years between the israelis and the palestinians. now the israelis say they're calling up tens of thousands of troops. they're moving tanks and forces to the bordered with gaza and
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>> shep: i'm shepard smith. this is the fox report. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of thedrums ofn israel. the israelis preparing for what may become a ground invasion in gaza as fighters on both sides continue exchanging fire today. the situation in this volatile corner of the world growing more fragile by the hour. already there have been innocent victims on both sides. a rocket killed three people today when it slammed into their apartment building in the south of israel. in the gaza, officials say the violence killed eight civilians, including four children. and a woman who was pregnant with twins. that number has grown to 16. a u.s. state department spokesman puts the blame squarely on the military leadership of hamas. >> it claims the have the best interest of the palestinian people at heart, but through its actions, it's showing a far different agenda.
>> shep: he says the responsibility rests with hamas to stand down and deescalate the situation. mike barrett joins us from washington, former intelligence officer for the office of secretary of defense and the currently ceo of dc consulting firm, mike, tomorrow the leader of egypt, which has its own set of problems, is going to meet with hamas leadership. is that the best hope here? >> well, yeah. egypt is going to be the major player here. i think whatever happens here will be a direct result of what happens with egypt. there is quite a few of us who saw the arab spring as creating a lot of turmoil and therefore a reason for concern. and i think this is really now we're seeing the outgrowth of that. you got the muslim brotherhood sending their guy. if he can rein in hamas, then we can probably deescalate this without too much of a lasting conflict. the flip side if they break with israel and violate cord they've had with them for several decades, then this could get really bad really quickly.
>> shep: if could. before there, a ground incursion is possible. tomorrow, friday, the holy day clearly in the muslim world, the next day could be a big day. >> it could absolutely. this morning when i got up and read the overnight news reports, i thought well, this is just going to be the usual kind of thing, a flair up and it will be okay. but today we saw a lot of very intense activity. you had larger rockets than hamas generally uses and they know those rocketing come from iran. again, the israelis are feeling like they've had almost 700 rockets this year. 300 or so in the last couple of days. launched into their territory. but what's significant is that the latest rockets, the ones that can target tel aviv are substantially bigger and they can have guidance packages and things like that, so they can be more accurate. of the evolution is a worrying trend and a bad thing for the israelis because you'll start seeing bigger attacks. >> shep: most crucial, if israel does go in to try and quell this with ground troops, then you have to look to see what the others in the region are going to do and if any of them get
involved, what does that mean for us? >> yeah. exactly right. so the arab league, i believe l have a meeting tomorrow on friday as well and we'll have to see what the leadership comes out with there. obviously one of the important things to remember for americans is that people throughout the region really don't differentiate between the u.s. and israel. they refer to it as a zionist conspiracy, the great satan and the little satan. so we really are going to get caught up in this whether we chose to try to say on the side lines or not. i don't think we'll do that. i think the obama administration and members of congress from both parties will come out very strongly on the side of israel with this. but if they do go in on the ground, it could be a lot of body bags. and i think that may really create a challenge in terms of trying to reestablish peace and stability there and certainly looking towards any kind of a long-term solution. that doesn't look like that's going to happen any time soon. probably not in the next four years. >> shep: mike barrett live in washington. thanks very much. continuing coverage throughout the hour and all weekend, of course. the former c.i.a. director, david petraeus, reportedly says he never gave any classified
information to his mistress, paula broadwell. that's according to kyra phillips, an anchor and reporter for cnn for years. she says general petraeus told her his resignation had nothing to do with benghazi and that he wants to testify about the attack on the u.s. consulate. also he told kyra phillips he screwed up terribly and feels lucky to have a wife who is better than he deserves. now we're learning more about jill kelly, the woman who started this whole investigation after getting what she reported were threatening e-mails from the woman paula broadwell. as it turns out, jill kelly apparently paid a visit to the white house a couple of months ago. the tampa bay times newspaper is reporting she said this e-mail or one coming up here, to one of its reporters in september reading, i was made the honorary ambassador to u.s. central command's coalition. i was recently appointed to be the honorary consulate general to south korea. she said i'm in dc, just left
for breakfast at the white house. i really hope to get cu. no comment from the white house on this. government officials have said that jill kelly is to honorary positions were just that. leon panetta calling for ethics training for military officers. >> that's right. in a memo september to the joint chiefs of staff is asking them to brain storm on ways to keep officers out of trouble. the kind of trouble that has tarnished the military's reputation for integrity and character. the memo was the product of internal pentagon discussions that began before petraeus announced he was resigning. the reason scandals that ensnared petraeus and john allen have only added to the urgency of this review. at the same time, panetta said he still retains full confidence in general john allen, that while his promotion to become supreme allied commander of europe has been put on hold while the d.o.d. inspector
general investigates hundreds of allegedly provocative e-mails that he exchanged with jill kelly. >> what i don't want to do is to try to characterize those communications because i think -- i don't want to do anything that would impact on their ability to conduct an objective review of what was contained in those e-mails. >> this type of ig investigation usually takes months, if not years t. public interest may be lost before we know the results. >> shep: a matter of time before we saw the shirtless f.b.i. agent who helped start the investigation. time's up. >> yeah. that shirtless photo component of this scandal has largely been tamped down. here is the photo. take a look at it. f.b.i. agent frederick humphries posed with a couple of target dummies after a practice. he sent it to kelly, but also sent to a lot of his other forms, one of who worked at the seattle times.
clearly it was intended as self depricating humor, he bore a resemblance to the dummies. this was taken years before the scandal. >> shep: and sent as a joke we now know. doug, thank you. super storm sandy has sparked one of the biggest jumps in new jobless claims since hurricane hit the gulf coast. the sobering details ahead plus we're gathering new information about horrific train crash involving wounded warriors at a parade in west texas. the police chief in midland, texas, now says four people are dead. ten people are critical and an unthinkable crash in west texas. we'll get a live report coming up inside fox report. axiron, the only underarm treatment for low t, can restore testosterone levels back to normal in most men.
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for himself when he visited staten island across the harbor from lower manhattan. also he repeated the promise that he made when he visited new jersey last month. >> i promised to everybody that i was speaking on behalf of the country when i said we are going to be here until the rebuilding is complete. and i meant it. so i'm going to come back today, but i'm also going to be coming back in the future to make sure that we have followed through on that commitment. >> shep: now we look back. look at that. this is new to us, surveillance video of the storm flooding the path commuter train system that runs all the way under the hudson river between new york and new jersey. hundreds of millions of gallons of water and two weeks later, the trains are still not stopping at some stations because of incredible flood damage. we're learning the storm made a huge impact on the jobs picture. according to the labor department the number of americans filing new jobless claims last week soared by
78,000, the highest level in more than a year. this was the biggest one-week spike since september of 05 right after hurricane katrina slammed the gulf coast. gerri willis is with us. this jump, you could expect it. >> that's true. it's about the storm. people can file for unemployment claims if their employer closes their doors because of the storm. that's exactly what happened. we saw a lot of people file particularly in new york and new jersey. but even if you look at the moving averages which tends to back that out, you see the numbers moving, drifting higher. this jobs market is not recovered. not yet, not by a long shot. you can probably expect to see this weakness continue for two weeks. >> shep: that led to another -- it was a horrible day on wall street for a while, but recovered at the end. >> yesterday, 185 points down on the dow. today we ended up down 28 points. that's what's considered a good day on the markets right now. let me tell you, with that major problems, and if you look what the markets have done since the president took office, down 5%. the nasdaq, s & p, the dow, all
of them. >> shep: it's his fault. obama's fault, right? >> i think the conversation about the fiscal cliff. nobody likes it. >> shep: nobody likes it. there is so much news now, we don't have time to talk about it. >> i wish we did. >> shep: thank you. >> thank you. >> shep: the u.s. economy remains on shaky ground. no question, europe has plunged back into a recession. it's official. its first in three years. that's according to government statistics. they show that the collective euro zone, the economy there shrunk by .1% between july and september. after falling by .2% in the previous quarter and two back to back negative quarter social security a recession by definition. these 17 nations make up the euro zone. they include greece and spain where the unemployment rate now stands higher than 25%. now economists are warning this new recession could stretch to next year, adding to the debt crisis, which has triggered violent protests all across
europe. tens of thousands of people are in need and their fellow citizens are setting a world record to feed them. our top story as we go around the world in 80 seconds. south korea. more than 2,000 people got together in the capital city of seoul to make 140-tons of food for the poor. it's a dish of cabbage and spicy sauce. the charity behind the event plans to donate the food to more than 25,000 families in need. india. dozens of men lay on the ground as a stampede of cows trampled them. they did it on purpose. it's part of a century's old ritual. it insures their wishes are fulfilled. they claim nobody ever gets hurt. australia. medical technicians giving a dolphin an mri scan. sea world trainer says the 16-year-old animal is responding
slowly to commands. they're worried it has a tumor or hurt itself doing flips. no word on the results. japan. there is a new 100-meter dash world record for sprinting on all fours. this janitor did it in 17 1/2 seconds, breaking hisown old record from 2008. >> more than one second fast service a huge improvement. >> rick: the runner says he thinks in eight years, he'll be able to beat the two legged record of 9.58 seconds. that's a wrap on this fox trip around the world in 80 seconds. >> shep: continuing coverage of breaking news now and that horrifying train crash in west texas. the train hit a flat bed trailer that was carrying war heros. we're getting our first pictures from the scene as hospitals there respond to what they're calling a mass casualty incident.
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>> shep: breaking news on fox news chapel. update on the deadly train crash involving u.s. military veterans that happened in west texas. the police chief in midland says four -- midland says four people are dead and the city spokesman says 17 others are in area hospitals after a train slammed into a flat bed trailer carrying veterans on their way to a parade. the event organizer tells the midland reporter telegram newspaper that workers are still trying to count for everybody after a union pacific train hit that trailer. trace gallagher tracking developments. one witness says the trailer somehow may have gotten stuck on the tracks. >> got stuck on the tracks. others are saying they're not sure of the actual crossing
gates ever came down. in any event, what happened was that the train actually collided head on with this, what was serving as a parade float which was a flat bed 18 wheeler. you can see the chairs that are kind of up on that flat bed and the military veterans and their girlfriends and their wives were sitting on these chairs kind of going by like a parade float would do and for some reason, it got stuck on the tracks and then a lot of the military veterans, witnesses say, tried to get off as quickly as they can and they clearly, many of them, did not make it. they have just upped the number of injured to 17, many of them are critical. as you said, four dead. we just contacted a local hospital and the person who answered the phone of the dispatcher was apparently so overwhelmed and crying so hard, we could not understand what she was saying. clearly just happening outside of midland, texas, small town in west texas. there were two of those flat bed trailers part of this parade, if
you will. these are the hunt for -- take that back. hunt for heros, a group that aids support to wound warriors. they take them out for outdoor events like hunting and fishing. their benefit banquet was supposed to be tonight. the big hunting trip tomorrow. clearly that has all changed. a tragic and horrifying scene outside of midland, texas. we'll bring it to you. >> shep: continuing coverage throughout prime time. fox news.com. our other top story of the night, the growing crisis in the middle east. the first israeli victims of the latest round of violence. rocket attack killed three people, seriously injured a baby. it's the first time rockets from the gaza have hit a building there. fox use own lee land vittert was there. >> more missiles coming in. this is the safest place. we're going to come in under here and now we wait.
those awful seconds that everyone in this part of the world knows what it's like to wait as the missiles coming in, you know it's here, the question is where will it hit? there it was. the explosion very nearby. what you don't know is whether that was the iron zone exploding, intercepting the missile, or whether that was another hit somewhere around this very densely populated residential area. there you go. that's the iron dome. you've got an explosion up in the air. we're going to walk around to the other side where you saw this damage. when you talk about what these missiles can do, that's it. this is the other side of the apartment building we were on. you're looking at the gaza strip where the missile flew out of and then into this apartment building. you get a sense of just how random the killing is here and also how absolute the destruction is. this is where one of the people who died in the apartments were standing and as you look through
here, you see just how much is blown away. >> shep: lee land vittert. witnesses say many of the people in that building were at home with their children because authorities shut down local schools. i said he was in the gaza. he was in israel near the gaza border. a volley of rockets triggering warning sirens for the first name in decades. we'll get live report from inside israel coming next. he [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. sven gets great rewards for his small business!
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>> continuing coverage of our top story tonight. the dramatic and deadly surge and violence between israel and the gaza. the israeli military has now moved its troops to the border and rocket attacks from the gaza triggered air sirens in tel aviv. many men, women and children across that major israeli city running for cover. remember israeli officials have previously said an attack on tel aviv would be crossing a red line and potentially trigger a
ground invasion. back to david lee miller live on the gaza border. >> this conflict shows no sign of ending any time soon. take a look at some of the video we recorded from our vantage point a little less than two miles from the border during the past few hours. we have observed repeated israeli military air strikes hitting gaza and hitting gaza hard, going after, according to israeli officials, underground smuggling items, rocket launching sites, as well as a police station and now there is talk that the israelis may be planning some type of a ground incursion. we have seen some armored personnel carriers brought into the region. as you mentioned, the rocket fire from gaza does continue. it hit not only tel aviv, but an apartment house not far prosecute the border, three israelis were killed there. and a funeral was held today in gaza for the militant commander who was responsible for the kidnap of an israeli soldier years ago.
thousands turned out except for the hamas leadership. they remained underground, possibly fearful of a retaliation attack. >> bill: david lee miller. on this day in 1957, the leader of the soviet union escalated fears of a global nuclear war when he challenged the united states to a missile shooting contest. it was one of several provocative statements that khrushchev made during the 50s, coming three years before he reportedly banged his shoe on the desk at the united nations. khrushchev told an american reporter the u.s. was losing the arms race, adding, quote, let's have a peaceful rocket contest, just like a rifle shooting match and we'll see -- they'll see for themselves. of course, the united states did not take the bait. and the cold war stretched on for decades. the soviet union called for a dual 55 years ago today. continuing coverage of the escalating crisis in the middle