TODAY | November 18, 2012
>>> we do begin with escalating violence in the middle east . the latest from gaza this morning. good morning.
>> reporter: good morning, erica. to say the 1.5 million people of the gaza strip a really held hostage by the circumstances all around them is an understatement, a few hundred miles south of here negotiations are under way for a truce. meanwhile for the people here, though, it was another deadly night of strikes overnight. gaza's nighttime sky lit up by israeli air strikes . more than 15 killed in the assault. overnight two more children killed by israeli fire. this woman trapped under the you rubble of her home. workers desperately trying to rescue her. israel claims to be targeting locations with precision but in this densely populated enclave, the ordinary citizens are caught in the middle . and now it is being if felt by foreign and local journalists working out of this building that was also broadcasting a hamas affiliated news channel. we're inside one of the media buildings struck by the israeli air force . you can see the destruction. one journalist was injured. a trail of blood and debris list litters the stairwell. it is an attempt to silence the med media, says this worker. hamas is still firing backfiring hundreds of rockets into israel . israel 's anti-rocket shield called iron dome intercepted many but it's not enough for the country's leader shship. israel has amassed thousands of soldiers on the border ready for an invasion.
>> we are suffering a heavy price from hamas and the terrorist organization . the israeli defense forces have prepared for a significant expansion of the operation.
>> reporter: now the civilians here brace themselves for a possible ground invasion, egyptian officials are working to broker a truce within the next 48 hours . but if that fails, both sides, israel and the palestinian factions, say they are prepared to fight a war that could be averted. back to you, erica.