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Emory Hospital Ready to Treat Two Ebola Patients Coming to U.S.; Ceasefire that Lasted Hour and a Half, Broken with Hamas's Attack; According to IDF, Its Soldier Taken Hostage by Hamas; Cairo Hoping for Israeli-Palestinian Talks; Gaza Facing Humanitarian Catastrophe; Interview with UNRWA Official about Refugees and UNRWA Workers Caught Under Fire; More Help Needed on Crash Site in Ukraine to Recover All Bodies; Blitzer Report on Sports

Aired August 2, 2014 - 05:00   ET


CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Oh, it is an early 5:00 and so we're really grateful for your company this early in the morning, I'm Christi Paul.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN ANCHOR: Very early. I'm Miguel Marquez in for Victor Blackwell. This is a special edition of "NEW DAY SATURDAY" and we welcome our international viewers around the world.

PAUL: So good to have you with us. We want to begin this morning with new concerns about the deadly Ebola virus. Because in just a matter of hours, the first of two Americans infected with Ebola is expected to arrive in the U.S.

MARQUEZ: It will be the first time in history a patient with Ebola will be treated in the states, and air worker Nancy Writebol and Dr. Ken Brantly contracted Ebola while working with the Christian humanitarian group in West Africa. It is unclear who is coming back first. But upon arrival, the patient will be treated at Emory Hospital here in Atlanta.

PAUL: Take a look at the plane carrying the patient. Here it is. It's equipped with the high-tech isolation pod. That's designed to handle infectious diseases. Now, medical teams are going to travel back to Liberia to get the second American once the first is here. They cannot travel together, we're told.

MARQUEZ: Amazing the logistics here. All this as the World Health Organization says the virus is spreading faster than efforts to contain it. In hard-hit West Africa, more than 700 people have died from Ebola since July.

PAUL: President Obama responded to concerns an epidemic could happen here at home.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Keep in mind that Ebola is not something that is easily transmitted. That's why generally outbreaks dissipate. But the key is, identifying, quarantining, isolating those who contract it.


MARQUEZ: Now, treating both victims will be no easy task. Ebola is so infectious it typically kills up to 90 percent of patients who catch it.

PAUL: Symptoms of the virus, which is contracted, by the way, through the transmission of bodily fluids include fever, muscle aches, weakness, vomiting. But, again, this is not an airborne disease. So, how prepared is Emory University to treat Ebola and what kind of risk is really involved here?

MARQUEZ: Our CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is outside the hospital where the victims will be treated. Good morning, Sanjay.

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We had a chance to sit down and talk to the doctor who is going to be responsible for the care of these patients with Ebola coming in from Liberia. Keep in mind now, this has never happened before in the United States. This has never happened before in the Western Hemisphere where you have a patient who has the Ebola infection. So, it's really a question of how prepared they are. Also, just what is the risk and is it worth it? I sat down, talked to Dr. Bruce Ribner, asked him about it.


GUPTA: People in Atlanta are really concerned. And they are mainly concerned by saying like we - we get it, we know that the risk is small, but it would be even smaller if these patients did not come here. If you don't have anything magical to provide, why take the risk at all?

DR. BRUCE RIBNER: I think you've been in that part of the world, and you know the level of care that can be delivered. These are Americans who went over there to supply humanitarian mission of medical care for these individuals and our feeling is that they deserve the best medical care to try and resolve this infection that they can get. Most of the medical care consists of supportive care and our sense is, based on speaking to providers in that part of the world, that given our training, given our knowledge, given our unit, we can supply that supportive care much better than can be supplied in their current environment.


GUPTA: And part of that best care involves a pretty nondescript room. You're looking at it there. This is this isolation area that we've been talking about. It's physically separated from other patient areas. You can't tell by looking at these pictures, but it has certain things in the way that the air is filtered, keeping the patient safe, keeping people around the patient safe. Family members who want to visit can get as close as one to two inches away, looking through a pane glass window. There's an anti-room where doctors, health care professionals can change their clothes and put on this so- called space suits to try and keep them safe as well. In fact, Dr. Ribner showed us what that space suit would look like for him.

I wore something similar to this when I was in Guinea. But these particular space suits are really designed to be impermeable, not let any fluids in whatsoever, cover every square inch of the body, even air - humidify air recirculater that goes around the mask as well. It's all part of what they're going to be doing. But again, keep in mind, that everything you are looking at here, all these protocols, all these safety measures have never actually been implemented for a patient with Ebola in the United States. So, this will be a first for Dr. Ribner and it will be a first, really, for all of us. Back to you.

MARQUEZ: Such extraordinary measures. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, thank you very much.

PAUL: Our other big story, the crisis in the Middle East this morning, at the center of the turmoil, an Israeli soldier still missing after a firefight that shattered the cease-fire that was intended to last through the weekend. It lasted what, an hour and a half?

MARQUEZ: About two hours. Not very long - not long enough, certainly. Israel assumes Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin was captured and President Obama is pointing the finger at Hamas.


OBAMA: I want to make sure that they are listening, if they are serious about trying to resolve this situation that soldier needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible.


MARQUEZ: But Hamas denies it has Goldin. Though the terror group admits it lost contact with fighters in the area where reportedly he was taken. But President Obama says that doesn't bode well for another temporary truce. As he calls the mounting casualties in Gaza heartbreaking.

PAUL: In the meantime, Congress has approved another $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome defense system. And in the Palestinian West Bank, a demonstrator died as thousands took to the streets in protest as you see here.

MARQUEZ: Israel has historically taken the capture of its soldiers extraordinarily seriously and gone to extreme lengths to secure their return.

PAUL: Martin Savidge is in Jerusalem anchoring our coverage of the crisis in the Middle East.

Martin, good to see you this morning. What have you heard right now, this hour, regarding that missing Israeli soldier?

MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Christi and good morning, Miguel. All efforts on the part of the Israeli military now focused on trying to ascertain the whereabouts of that missing Israeli soldier, the 23-year-old second lieutenant. And, of course, there are, like in so many cases, with this particular story, very conflicting accounts depending on who you are listening to. The Israeli military says that young man was apparently grabbed or at least disappeared during the cease-fire. And it was apparently about 90 minutes in that this particular unit in the southern part of Gaza, Rafah area, was working at demolishing a tunnel, something that Israel has maintained it had the right to do - ceasefire. There was apparently, according to the IDF, a suicide bombing first and then that's when they believe that the young soldier was grabbed.

Now, Hamas as you've already pointed out is denying all of this, saying that there was no capture of the soldier, there was no suicide attack. The reason that Hamas may be denying this, is that they say the unit - if there was a unit down there that was trying to grab a soldier was killed in the follow-up artillery barrage and air strike that Israel launched. There was a great deal of fighting that broke out around that region, around the time that all of this happened. So, hence the confusion on the ground, the Israelis maintain that this young man has vanished, they're trying to find him. Hamas says they do not have him.

Meanwhile, before all of this began, this was the violation that really shattered the ceasefire. The plan was that both sides would be gathering in Egypt at this time. CNN's Reza Sayah is there. I want to go to him now. Reza, where is that thing down first and foremost? What is Egypt saying about all of this and is there any chance these two sides will still get together?

REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Cairo is still hopeful, Martin. Late last night we spoke to the foreign ministry and the president's office. And they told us that sometime over the weekend they're still hopeful to get these talks happening. But as the hours go by and we're now deep into Saturday, you get the sense that hopes for getting these warring factions into Cairo, getting them to sit down and hammer out a lasting truce are fading fast.

If these talks do happen here in Cairo, it will be fascinating to see Egypt's position, will they play a lead mediator role? And many say that's not going to happen because their support for Hamas and the Palestinians have faded considerably over the past year. In fact, Palestinians in Gaza, in this conflict, have had very little support from Arab governments, Arab leaderships and Gulf monarchies. It's important to make a distinction between Arab governments and Arab people. The Palestinians in Gaza still have overwhelming support from the Arab people. If you go out in the streets here in Cairo, many say they support the Palestinians in this conflict and many say they support Hamas. But Arab leaders, Arab governments, including Cairo, are very silent.

And that's a marked change from just two years ago. You'll recall November 2012 we were deep into the Arab spring, Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader was the president of Egypt. There was a hope that finally Arab governments would heed the call to the Arab people, which included supporting the Palestinians. A lot has changed, Martin, since then. Right now Egypt's president, Mohammed Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the ousting president, the former President Morsi and the support has faded.

SAVIDGE: Reza Sayah, thank you very much from Egypt. And I can verify, Christi, Miguel, that anger that you see on the streets - at least in the Arab streets. I was in the West Bank yesterday at a very large demonstration and people there are furious over the death toll. By the way, the death toll in the Gaza Strip right now being reported to be 1,650. It's estimated 80 to maybe 90 percent of those casualties are civilian. Let's get back to Miguel and Christi.

PAUL: All right, Martin Savidge, thank you so much. And Reza as well, we surely appreciate the update in that region.

Well, yeah. There's been a lot of back and forth, as you know, about who was responsible for breaking that 72-hour ceasefire. So, we want to get to the bottom of it.

MARQUEZ: And we plan to do that live with a spokesperson for the Israeli foreign ministry.

And the grisly task of recovering more bodies from the crash site of MH-17 entered the new phase this week. The mission and the dangers, just ahead.


SAVIDGE: Hello, I'm CNN's Martin Savidge, live in Jerusalem with our continuing coverage of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. We were hoping that at this time we would be in the middle of a 72-hour cease-fire. That did not happen. Now the concern is for the whereabouts of a missing Israeli soldier, not to mention the fact that the violence continues in Gaza as does the death toll that continues to rise. Joining me now is Paul Hirschson, he is with the Israeli Foreign Ministry. He's a spokesperson for that office. Thank you very much for joining us, Mr. Hirschson. Let me start off just by asking where do things stand from the Israeli perspective --


SAVIDGE: On any of the talks that have been planned inside of Egypt?

HIRSCHSON: You know, this is a sad day, a sad weekend that we're on. We, as you just said, we were supposed to be in a humanitarian ceasefire. We were supposed to be beginning conversation how we can get out of this mess that Hamas has brought down on all of us. Hamas has decided to extinguish that possibility, the sixth, the seventh ceasefire that was proposed, we accepted, we implemented, we abided by. Each and every one they have either rejected, or violated or both. So, right now we're faced with the situation where we're left with no choice, but to continue to pursue the degradation of their ability to target us.

SAVIDGE: Let me ask you, what do we know about the whereabouts -- what does Israel know about trying to locate the missing soldier?

HIRSCHSON: Well, we're in an interesting phase of what we would call sort of Intel-driven combat, which is characterizing the entire operation that down in Gaza at the moment. There's an increasing amount of intelligence, although to be fair there's a lot missing or we would have found him already. The working assumption is that he's alive. We know roughly the area that the incident -- we know exactly the area that the incident happened and, therefore, roughly whereabouts he would be. And we're out there following a predetermined patent, by which to look for him. It's very difficult. It's a complicated circumstances. And I think that, you know, we have to pursue this, while at the same time asking for our friends around the world to demand as they have, as the United Nations has, as the United States and others have, the unconditional and immediate release of this abducted soldier.

SAVIDGE: Before I let you go, I did want to ask you, one of the concerns prior to all of this had been these tunnels that Hamas has dug between Gaza and Israel. How far along had Israel been with the detection and demolition of those tunnels?

HIRSCHSON: We've made significant progress. Look, there are hundreds of tunnels. And we're not going to get to all of them. But the critical ones or the most critical are those tens of tunnels that traverse the international frontier. What's emerged from beneath the ground, is a monster almost from a science fiction movie, only this is real. We've made significant progress. We are decommissioning these tunnels one after the other. We're finding more tunnels all the time. And this is a critical, a crucial bit of work that has to be completed.

SAVIDGE: Paul Hirschon from the Israeli foreign ministry, thank you very much for joining us this morning. It should be pointed out that, of course, Hamas --

HIRSCHSON: Thank you, Martin.

SAVIDGE: -- just denied that it has an Israeli soldier in its custody. Let's go back to Christi and Miguel.

MARQUEZ: Thanks very much there, Marty. Take care of yourself.

As many as 80 bodies still haven't been recovered in the fields of eastern Ukraine. And even experts trying to recover those bodies from the crash of Flight 17 have an incredibly dangerous task ahead of them.

PAUL: Also talking about one of the Americans infected with Ebola, they're expected to land back here in the states within just a few hours. Right here in Georgia. We'll tell you what they're doing. Stay close.


PAUL: 21 minutes past the hour right now. So grateful for your company. I know it's kind of hard to believe, isn't it? But it's been more than two weeks since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky, killing 298 people on board.

MARQUEZ: Shocking. After weeks of resistance from rebel forces, a team of 70 international experts was finally able to access the crash site yesterday in order to search for more bodies. It's the largest number of investigators that's been allowed on site since the plane went down.

PAUL: Fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine troops has prevented investigators from fully accessing the wreckage there. Officials say as many as 80 bodies may still be unaccounted for. CNN law enforcement analyst and former FBI assistant director Tom Fuentes with us now. Tom, good morning to you. Is it just - and I have to think for the families, wondering where there - the people that they love, where their bodies are right now, have to be wondering is this not outrageous that a rebel group is controlling this? Or do we even say it's a rebel group? Is it really Putin pushing the buttons here?

TOM FUENTES, CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: Good morning, Christi and Miguel. Well, you know, we know that Putin's pushing buttons, but it is a rebel group supported by the Russians, supported by Putin. But, you know, on terms of the families, they're not even close to being able to resolve the issue of even recovering all of the bodies. Even allowing some investigators and 70 is a small number from what they would actually need from a crash site that enormous, but they need to get heavy equipment in there. There could be bodies under the large pieces of the aircraft that they're not going to find until they remove -- they're going to need cranes and trucks to get those pieces lifted off the ground to be able to actually examine everywhere where a human remain could be found.

PAUL: Yeah, I understand, they made need up to about 1,000 people on the ground to actually do a proper search of the entire area. So, it must be very frustrating. Do you have a sense, Tom, of just how secure the area is right now? I know that there's been fighting around the area of the crash site. What is your sense of it?

FUENTES: Doesn't sound like it's very secure. They get in one day at a time. They find if they can get the people in there and can spend a few hours at the site and then get out, and while they're at the site they can hear gunfire and artillery fire, you know, in the not too distant area. So, I think that it's a day-by-day approach. But they still need to get not only more people, more experts and investigators but the equipment. And then they have to decide where are they going to take it, what are they going to do with that debris in terms of housing it? You know, there's a lot that has to be decided still. And the rebels and the Ukrainian government are going to have to come to some accommodation. Doesn't look like anybody else is going to force it to happen.

PAUL: Tom, based on everything we know, and other than for the family's sake, getting in there and getting the bodies, do we really need -- does the international community really need the rest of that wreckage to determine what happened?

FUENTES: No. In a sense they really don't. I think it's pretty clear, everybody seems to be in agreement, and that it was shot down by a missile from that launcher. And I don't think we'll ever find out who pushed the button, who the crew was that actually launched against that aircraft. You have to be on the ground. You have to interview witnesses, suspects, subjects. This is similar to a drive- by shooting in a city where the shot kills innocent people and the police have no access to interview any of the possible gang members that did it.

MARQUEZ: So frustrating. Tom Fuentes, thank you very much for joining us this morning.

FUENTES: Thank you.

PAUL: Thank you, Tom.

Well, fighting is raging this morning between Israel and Hamas.

Israel is trying desperately to find out the whereabouts of one of its missing soldiers. We'll have more on that, as you've seen this morning.

MARQUEZ: And doctors prepare in Atlanta this morning as the first American infected with Ebola is set to land here. An extraordinary situation. And that's set to happen in just a few hours.


PAUL: I hope Saturday has been good to you so far. It's still early. A lot of time.


PAUL: I'm Christi Paul. Thanks for being with us.

MARQUEZ: And I'm Miguel Marquez, just hanging in there. Here are the five things you need to know for your "NEW DAY."

Number one, the first of two American Ebola patients is expected to land in the U.S. today. The first patient will be treated at Atlanta's Emory Hospital, which has specifically constructed isolation unit design to treat patient's mysterious infectious disease. The second patient is also expected to be treated at Emory, but no time frame has been given for their arrival.

PAUL: Number two, voting largely along party lines, House Republicans passed a nearly $700 million border bill last night. The bill provides funds to boost security, add more immigration judges and provide aid for thousands of undocumented minors at the border, but it is not likely to pass in the Senate. And the president says he'll veto it if it comes across his desk.

MARQUEZ: And number three, a New York medical examiner has confirmed what protesters have said for weeks, that choke hold death of this man busted for selling loose cigarettes is a homicide. The examiner's office said the choke hold along with chest compression and positioning on the ground led to the victim's death. No charges have been filed yet. But the investigation is ongoing.

PAUL: Number four, President Obama says the U.S., quote, crossed a line when it tortured al Qaeda detainees after the 9/11 terror attacks. A Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's controversial interrogation program is going to be released soon and the report says the CIA's treatment of terrorism suspects amounted to torture. But CIA officials have denied that allegation.

MARQUEZ: And number five, an Israeli soldier is still missing this morning as violence rages in Gaza. Israel assumes Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin was captured by Hamas in an ambush that the U.S. and U.N. blamed for shattering a fragile ceasefire.

Israel says that in the past 24 hours it has struck 200 terror targets in Gaza including a military facility at the Islamic University.

PAUL: So, let's get you there. Martin Savidge is in Jerusalem for us, anchoring on coverage at the Middle East crisis.

Martin, good morning to you.

SAVIDGE: Hello again, Christi. What we want to do now is get a snapshot if we can of the terrible humanitarian crisis that is ongoing in Gaza as a result of this conflict. And for that we turn now to Christopher Gunness, he's a spokesman for what is known as the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, many may know it by a shorter name UNRWA. It's a number of their schools and facilities that have come under fire they've been at the center of all of this, as they tried to shelter civilians there. Mr. Gunness, before we begin, I want to play a clip for you, this is an interview with you earlier on al Jazeera English. And I'll let the clip speak for itself.


CHRISTOPHER GUNNESS: The rights of Palestinians, even their children, are wholesale denied. And it's appalling.


GUNNESS: My pleasure.



SAVIDGE: The emotion there is obvious. And I'm wondering, sir, you have clearly been through very difficult, very horrific situations before. What is it that's brought you to the breaking point now?

GUNNESS: Martin, may I say first of all, that my tears are irrelevant. And for me, if there was any use in what was, by the way, supposed to be a private moment of anguish because the interview was over and I had no idea the camera was still rolling on me, if there's any utility to have come out of that rather public display of what I said was a moment of private grief is that it focuses on the tears and the anguish in Gaza because we are seeing a humanitarian catastrophe. There's a human displacement crisis unprecedented in modern times in Gaza. Over a quarter of a million people are now sheltering, desperate, traumatized, terrorized people, women, children and other civilians, in about 90, just over 90 facilities. In the last few hours overnight we had to open up three more in Rafah in the south of Gaza which has been the scene of quite ferocious fighting, an intensified operation.

And what we say is that the parties to this conflict are responsible for the civilians. The civilians are overwhelmed. And for us, the terrifying thought and the alarming thought is that even if the fighting were to end right now, where would the quarter of a million people in our schools go? Because we estimate that tens of thousands will be without homes, their homes will have been leveled. And the water and electricity systems have been displaced.

SAVIDGE: If you could - let me - let me just stop you for a second and to say, let's talk about that. What if there were a ceasefire, let's say by some miracle we reach one today. What's the most urgent need, say, the top three that you need to stop a humanitarian crisis?

GUNNESS: Security, food, water and let me add a fourth, shelter. Security because in the last few weeks we have seen that Gaza is a conflict with a fence around it. There's nowhere to run. But with the hitting of U.N. schools, UNRWA schools, there's nowhere to hide. So security number one. Food and water, the basics of life. We have been trucking in these commodities through under fire, through a war zone, through the battlefield. And we have been doing so, I have to say, heroically. And I'm proud to say that the United States is our largest single donor. So, thank you, American taxpayers, because, you know, through your generosity we've been able to lead the humanitarian effort in the way that we have, that we've paid a price. Eight of our staff, eight of my colleagues of whom let me tell you, I am extremely proud, have given -- have made the ultimate sacrifice. And finally, shelter. As I said, what is going to happen to these people? These schools are schools which were for a thousand kids coming in the morning and leaving in the afternoon. They're now housing 24/7 over 3,000, nearly 4,000 in some cases. So you can imagine any school around the world, sanitation would be a huge problem. We're trucking in all the water that's consumed there. So, you know, those top four, security, food, water and shelter.

SAVIDGE: All right. Christopher Gunness, thank you very much with the United Nations.

GUNNESS: Thank you, Martin.

SAVIDGE: The Relief and Works Agency. And again, he did share a private moment, but a powerful one of many in this conflict on both sides. Let's go back now to Christi and Miguel.

PAUL: All right. Martin Savidge and Christopher Gunness, thank you both so much. We appreciate it.

Slipping into a different story here, there's so much concern, particularly in Atlanta this morning about the pending arrival of an American infected with Ebola. In fact, two Americans.

MARQUEZ: It's never happened before. And that American expected to land here in just a couple of hours. The arrival comes as world health officials say the Ebola epidemic is spreading faster than it can keep up with.


PAUL: They are kind of frightening images when you look at that kind of thing, isn't it? Because right now medical professionals in an Atlanta hospital specifically are preparing for the first of two Americans infected with the deadly Ebola virus who arrive in the U.S. This is going to be the first time in history that a patient with Ebola is going to be treated here in the states.

MARQUEZ: It is frightening to think. Dr. Kent Brantly and a worker Nancy Writebol contracted Ebola while working with a Christian humanitarian group in West Africa.

PAUL: It's not clear who's going to arrive first, though. Medical teams will transport the patients in a high tech plane. We know that much, and it's equipped with an isolation pod designed to handle infectious diseases.

MARQUEZ: Incredible efforts they're making. So, how much of a risk is it bringing both victims to the U.S.? We want to bring in the World Health Organization spokesperson, Tariq Yasarevic. He joins us on the phone from Conakry (ph), Guinea. How are you there, sir? Thank you for joining us. Can you tell us anything about the shape of these two victims and how they are doing right now?

TARIQ YASAREVIC, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SPOKESPERSON: Thank you very much for having me in your program. I don't really have precise information on these individuals, but I would just like to touch a little bit on what you were saying before. What we have seen so far, that more than 100 health workers have been infected since the beginning of the outbreak, 60 of them died. This really shows how important is we train health workers, that we equip them properly and that we have enough of health workers on the ground so they can do reasonable shifts, that they are paid and they can really take care of themselves and they can take care of the patients as well. And this is why there was a big meeting yesterday with the heads of state of affected countries with the WHO director general where there was a commitment to help, really, put resources toward health systems, so health workers do not continue to be victims of this disease.

When it comes to the specifics about the transport of the patients, Ebola is being transmitted through contact with bodily fluids. And this is why it's usually health workers or family members who deal and care about sick people who get infected. So, it's really important that all the infection, prevention and control measures are being put in place. If that is the case, then the risk for health workers is minimal and almost nonexistent for the general population.

PAUL: So walk us through, if you would, please, Mr. Yasarevic, walk us through the isolation process itself. What physically happens once that medical charter flight lands in the U.S.?

YASAREVIC: Well, what is really important is that there are standard procedures on how to use what we call PPE, personal protection equipment. There is a sequence of events of putting different parts of this BPE before getting close to the patient. Basically every inch of the skin has to be covered, so there is no possible exposure. It's very -- only then health workers can approach a patient and try to do all the intervention that they need to do. It's important to remember that people affected with Ebola usually have diarrhea, vomiting, may have bleeding. So, basically they ever create a lot of liquid and fluids and this is how people get infected, when they get in touch with this fluid. It's also important to do -- to know that once the contact is being done and health workers are basically going out of the high-risk area, there are three procedures on how to take off this protective equipment and how it has to be stored afterwards.

MARQUEZ: All right. Tariq Yasarevic, thank you very, very much. Keep yourself well out there. And thanks for staying on it for all of us.

YASAREVIC: Thank you very much.

PAUL: A lot of people - thank you so much. A lot of people really nervous. I've been watching Twitter and Facebook pages. And people are not happy that this is coming to America.

MARQUEZ: It is a frightening and fast-changing disease.

PAUL: It is.

MARQUEZ: And this is a particularly bad version of it.

PAUL: And it's new. This is something we have not tackled before. Sanjay Gupta is going to be with us over the next few hours too, to help explain further. Because it's happening obviously in our backyard here in Atlanta.

MARQUEZ: And totally --

PAUL: We know the world is watching this. Right. So, we'll have that for you as we continue to come up. But remember, switching to the IDF, they say that one of their own was kidnapped. And there's a massive search going on right now for that 23-year-old Israeli soldier.

MARQUEZ: We're going to find out more about the alleged attack and even the kidnapping kits, packed with syringes and the restraints. Militants carry them through long, winding, dark tunnels, hoping for a victim.


SAVIDGE: Hello, everyone, I'm Martin Savidge, live in Jerusalem where we continue to monitor the events of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. All eyes now as part of the Israeli military is focused on trying to locate one of their own, 23-year-old Hadar Goldin went missing yesterday in what Israel maintains was a gross violation of the 72- hour humanitarian ceasefire that had barely begun, only about an hour and a half in, when they say that Hamas militants launched a suicide bombing attack, killed two Israeli soldiers and the other soldier went missing. Hamas, meanwhile, is denying that it did anything of the sort and says it does not hold an Israeli soldier. The Israeli foreign ministry says that they are acting now, their military operations in southern Gaza are focused on both Intel and trying to locate the whereabouts of this soldier at this particular time.

Meanwhile, Egypt says it is still standing by ready to host potential ceasefire talks if they get started again. But much of the world, including the United States, is condemning Hamas for what it says was the violation that pretty much ended any hopes for an immediate ceasefire. Let's go back now to Christi and Miguel.

PAUL: Martin Savidge, we appreciate that update from Jerusalem. Thank you so much.

MARQUEZ: Thanks much. Hamas continues to deny that it captured an Israeli soldier. But for Israel, the blame, clear.

PAUL: CNN's Brian Todd has a look at the IDF's exhaustive efforts to get Hadar Goldin back and the stake that Israeli soldiers face from Hamas.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: While destroying tunnels in Gaza, Israeli officials say 23-year-old lieutenant Hadar Goldin was captured by Palestinian militants. An Israeli official tells CNN the IDF is, quote, exhausting every means to find Lieutenant Goldin. The soldier's father is counting on that.

SIMCHA GOLDIN (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): We are certain that the army will not stop under any circumstance.

TODD: Israeli combat veterans tell us that includes going house to house.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is also intelligence gathering that is taking place now, both with the many Hamas terrorists that have been captured as well as with the intelligent assets that have been in place within Gaza for a long time.

TODD: IDF soldiers say Palestinian militants moving through tunnels and other battlefield areas are equipped with kidnapping kits, needles, anesthetics, plastic restraints, stretchers to be able to snatch an Israeli soldier quickly. IDF troops say they are under strict instructions, do whatever is necessary to prevent a soldier from being kidnapped alive.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That can unfortunately include having to face down the prospect of opening fire at the terrorist even at risk of killing our brothers in arms.

TODD: How much of a game changer is Goldin's capture in this fighting.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This could be a game changer, because Hamas came out at this, or was looking like it was coming out of this without any kind of achievements. I mean that could change things now. TODD: Hamas may have another Gilad Shalit. That Israeli soldier was

abducted by Hamas using underground tunnels in 2006. He was held for more than five years, then released in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. One analyst says this time the Israelis may not want to let Hamas have that kind of bargaining chip.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Their concern is that Gilad Shalit led to this and if they trade more prisoners for this Israeli soldier, it will just encourage Hamas to do this again.


TODD: Another potential game-changing result of this soldier's disappearance, the Israeli military, angry and wanting to punish might start to escalate the conflict. Analysts say even though they're working intensely to rescue him, the IDF likely won't let Lieutenant Goldin's apparent capture hold them back from turning up the pressure on Hamas. Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.

PAUL: All right, Brian, thank you so much. We're going to keep you posted on what's happening there as well.

You know, one of the best basketball players in the world suffered a gruesome leg injury last night.

MARQUEZ: This is disturbing.

It was a Team USA scrimmage game. It came to an abrupt end when all- star Paul George snapped his lower right leg --

PAUL: Look at the reaction now.

MARQUEZ: In a block attempt gone wrong.

PAUL: Wow. The leg literally bent some 90 degrees in the wrong direction.

MARQUEZ: Poor guy.


PAUL: All right. NBA all-star Paul George, oh, my goodness, we're thinking about you today, buddy. In the hospital recovering from a horrific leg injury. This is one of those injuries that kind of makes your skin crawl, your stomach turn into knots when you see it. The hair on the back of your head, is that it? It's not good. We are only going to show you the censored video by the way.


MARQUEZ: It is pretty darn disturbing. In the fourth quarter of Team USA's scrimmage last night the Indiana Pacers star snapped his lower right leg in a block attempt gone very, very wrong. His leg bent some 90 degrees in the wrong direction.

That stanchion was the problem. PAUL: Fans and teammates stood stunned in silence as the 24-year old

was carried off the court. Now, the fullest - of his injury is not known right now. But young star isn't giving up, though, he tweeted this morning to fans saying, thanks, everybody, for the love and support. I'll be OK and be back better than ever, love you all. We love you back and wishing you the very best. Good heavens.

MARQUEZ: I hope it's a full recovery.

PAUL: Isn't that the truth?

MARQUEZ: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell meanwhile says domestic violence is, quote, not acceptable, but defends the two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice.

MARQUEZ: Kristen Ledlow has more on this morning's "Bleacher Report." Kristen, how are you?


PAUL: Good morning. After that video.

MARQUEZ: You are better than -- .

LEDLOW: But you guys are exactly right. The league did hand down the punishment for that assault that Rice was in trouble for over his then fiance in an Atlantic City casino back in February. Now, Rice told reporters Thursday that it was a "horrible mistake" and that his actions were inexcusable. Now, the two-game suspension has been criticized as too lenient, compared with other bans for substance abuse and off-field incidents. So yesterday the commissioner defended the decision saying that it's actually consistent with other cases.


ROGER GOODELL, NFL COMMISSIONER: This policy is clear. We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL and that there will be consequences for that. Obviously when we're going through the process of evaluating the issue and whether there will be discipline, you look at all of the facts that you have available to us, law enforcement normally has more -- on a normal basis has more information, facts than we have. We'll get as much as we possibly can.


LEDLOW: And six months after being elected, seven former NFL stars will be inducted into the pro football hall of fame this evening. Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones and Michael Strahan are the three elected for the first time when they were on the ballot while Ray Guy becomes the first ever Punter to be enshrined. The NFL Hall of Fame game will follow tomorrow as the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills kick off the preseason in Canton, Ohio. And now trending on, though his fellow point guard, Derrick Rose, dominated the discussion the first half of the USA men's basketball show case, it was that right there, Damian Lillard who beat the buzzer to head into the locker room. And not just any buzzer - not just any buzzer beater. It was that one from the other end of the floor.

PAUL: And look at him high-fiving, like, yes, yes, I did that.

LEDLOW: Right, right.

PAUL: That's no big deal.

LEDLOW: One of those that you throw up and you typically expect to go either far under the basket or far over and people just kind of crossed their fingers in hope. But not Damian Lillard.

PAUL: Wow. Very nice, very nice.