Tonight , Gaza's hospitals reporting they are under siege surrounded on the ground but who's to blame for the new deadly explosion , killing so many civilians .
Israeli strikes lighting up the night sky over Gaza .
The images coming in from Gaza city's largest hospital , a projectile falling on the compound where civilians were sheltering , did a Palestinian group misfire yet another rocket .
This as Israeli tanks spotted outside a children's hospital .
It all comes after Israel agreed to daily humanitarian pauses and what about the hostages ?
Our new reporting ?
What's holding up those talks also breaking tonight , the FBI seizing cell phones and an ipad belonging to New York City mayor Eric Adams , what we're learning about the growing investigation including how the FBI demanded those devices .
This just in former Senator Martha mcsally assaulted while jogging and Marjorie Taylor Green receiving a death threat , the suspects in both cases under arrest tonight .
This is NBC nightly news with Lester Holt and good evening , I'm Tom Yamas in for Leicester .
Tonight , we begin with the rapidly deteriorating situation in Gaza City and the growing concerns for civilians with hospitals in the Hamas controlled territory now surrounded by fighting .
The images take a look , a massive fireball exploding near one major hospital and about six miles away , the horror as a projectile is seen falling on the compound of another hospital .
Gaza city's largest Israel saying it was yet another misfire from a terrorist organization .
And it all comes after Israel agreed to daily four hour humanitarian pauses to allow civilians to flee with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying today , quote , far too many Palestinians have been killed and as negotiators work to free those nearly 240 hostages being held by Hamas .
Our Kir Simmons is in Tel Aviv tonight and he leads off our coverage .
This was the sky over Gaza tonight in Israel's war with Hamas and overnight near the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza City .
A fireball hours after the White House says Israel agreed to humanitarian pauses in the fighting but no ceasefire close by above Al Shifa Hospital .
A projectile then screams later a second explosion at the outpatient clinic .
My mother , my father , my brother , she cries tonight .
Israel says radar evidence shows one strike on the Al Shifa hospital was from a misfired rocket from a Palestinian terrorist organization .
Israel says Hamas has operated a command center under Al Shifa using civilians as human shields .
Hamas has turned hospitals into fortified positions .
This is the challenge that we are facing .
This is precisely why we are encouraging people to go south .
We spoke to a doctor at Al Shifa Hospital tonight .
Have you seen any Hamas fighters , Islamic Jihad , any group like that there , the US today with blunt criticism of the civilian death toll .
Far too many Palestinians have been killed and we want to do everything possible to prevent harm .
Israel today , pointing to the two humanitarian corridors it's created and a continuing exodus of thousands of Palestinians .
Our camera crew in Gaza meeting a man whose family of 15 say they didn't want to leave their home but felt forced to .
It was basically to we went , tanks were left and right .
They were shooting everywhere near us around us inside Gaza Hamas still hasn't released more hostages .
Israel says any ceasefire now after the murder of 1200 Israelis would be a surrender to Hamas .
There won't be a ceasefire without the release of the Israeli hostages .
All right , Kyra , let's pick up right there .
You have new reporting on the negotiations to free these hostages , including Americans .
Tom , an official with knowledge of the talks tells me they stalled in the past over how many hostages will be released and that is still a sticking point tonight , Tom , despite progress , Tom , let's hope some get out .
All right here , we thank you for that .
And the war abroad is fueling tensions here at home .
Both anti Semitic and Islamophobic incidents are on the rise .
College campuses continue to be a flash point along with posters showing kidnapped Israelis being ripped apart .
We get more now from Ann Thompson college campuses , lampposts and city blocks in this country .
These are the new flash points of the Israel Hamas war escalating tensions over the past month at New York's Columbia University led to today's suspension of two student groups .
Both pro Palestinian accused of violating school policy with threatening rhetoric and intimidation at Ohio State .
The university's president says there were two incidents that targeted the Jewish community in the last 24 hours , two students were assaulted the Jewish center vandalized .
Meanwhile , across the country , people are tearing down pictures of the 239 hostages held by Hamas .
I feel personally attacked .
Why are you taking this off ?
Many incidents going viral including this one by a Florida dentist .
Here's his explanation .
It's to promote peace .
It's to , you know , de escalate the situation for many Jewish people .
This is anything but de escalation .
This is what happened to a sign covered with posters at the University of Minnesota .
Sadly , there is so much anger the Israeli artists who created and hung the first posters in New York City are shaken by the reactions .
I lost a little bit of hope regarding humanity .
Nitz on Mintz and Duda Bandai who prefers to keep his face hidden .
Say the goal is awareness , not politics .
What do you want people to see when they look at these posters ?
We want , we want them to see the real humans .
They they are real human being .
You know , even Los Angeles Museum of tolerance is not immune .
Police had to break up the sprawl outside a screening of hamas' attack on October 7th Israeli actress Gal Godot helped promote it .
The anger , fear and suffering of this conflict without borders .
Ann Thompson NBC news , New York .
Now to that breaking news here in New York City , the FBI seizing electronic devices belonging to Mayor Eric Adams as part of a corruption investigation taking them from him right on a city street .
Jonathan Deans has the late details in what appears to be a growing federal corruption investigation .
The FBI has seized the electronic devices of New York City's democratic mayor , Eric Adams , the FBI approaching Adams Monday , two sources familiar with the matter say the mayor turned over two cell phones and an ipad and later turned over additional electronic devices .
The mayor's attorney saying tonight he's not been accused of wrongdoing and continues to cooperating with the investigation .
Adams tonight saying I have nothing to hide .
Questions appear to center around Adams chief campaign fundraiser , 25 year old Brianna Suggs whose home was raided by agents several days ago .
Earlier this week , Adams voiced support for Suggs who has not commented publicly .
I sleep well at night , I am clear that we follow the rules .
We follow the rules .
Investigators are in part looking into possible campaign donations tied to a construction firm and its ties to Turkey .
But a source familiar with the matter says late last week , it was the mayor and his lawyers who turned over information about additional wrongdoing separate from the campaign finance investigation .
One of the mayor's lawyers says in the spirit of transparency and cooper operation , this behavior was immediately and proactively reported to investigators .
All right , Jonathan joins us , live in studio .
So Jonathan , what you're reporting here is a remarkable scene .
Those devices taken by the FBI from the mayor on a New York City street .
Yes , Tom , we're told that the mayor was coming out of a speech near NYU .
This , as we're told the FBI first considered seizing the devices during the mayor's appearance Sunday at the New York City Marathon .
Again , the mayor denies any wrongdoing and no charges Tom have been filed in this investigation .
All right , Jonathan Dean from that breaking news , Jonathan , thank you for that .
Also tonight , a rash of violent threats and assaults against lawmakers and election officials across the country .
We're learning of new arrests and new details as the justice department cracks down .
We get more .
Now from Gabe Gutierrez .
Tonight , a Georgia man is under arrest accused of threatening to kill Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene , her office releasing the angry expletive filled phone call saying threats to murder , elected officials should never be tolerated .
Another member of Congress from Georgia Rich mccormick also saying this week he closed his district office after receiving serious threats of violence .
And just today , a Nebraska man was arrested after allegedly assaulting former Arizona Senator Martha mcsally while she jogged in Iowa .
I am ok .
A man came up behind me and he engulfed me in a bear hug and he molested and followed me until I fought him off with the trial .
The man charged with assaulting Nancy Pelosi's husband under way in California and a man with a long gun arrested near the Capitol grounds this week .
These latest incidents are only heightening the already tense political climate .
Five secretaries of state have confirmed election offices have recently received threatening letters some laced with fentaNYL .
I just want to really emphasize the seriousness of this .
You know , some people like to call fentaNYL a drug but it's actually poison , it will kill you .
The Capitol police chief says the number of threats against lawmakers has jumped about 300% over the last seven years and he's calling for more federal funding to keep up with the caseload .
All right , Gabe , we thank you for that in 60 seconds .
The stage is set for a high stakes showdown between President Biden and the leader of China and the American family finally able to escape Gaza how they survived 27 days of fear .
Stay with us .
All right , we're back now with a potential breakthrough amid the rising tensions between the US and China .
President Biden said to meet China's President Xi chief White House correspondent Peter Alexander joins us now in studio Peter , this is a big deal .
Yes , this is a big deal , Tom the White House today confirming that President Biden and President Xi are going to meet next Wednesday in the San Francisco Bay area .
It's going to happen on the sidelines of an Asia Pacific summit there .
This visit is notable their first to face in a year with tensions growing after the US shot down that Chinese spy balloon , the relationship really at its lowest point in decades .
President Biden is likely to press Xi on China's close ties with Russia amid the war in Ukraine , its aggressive posture toward Taiwan and about concerns regarding election interference heading into the 2024 election .
This meeting not expected to produce may announcements .
A White House official telling us simply restoring communication between the two countries' militaries , Tom would be viewed as significant progress .
It would be all right , Peter , we thank you for that .
Great to see you here in New York and as pressure mounts on the Biden administration to limit civilian casualties in the Middle East .
Tonight , an American family that just got out of Gaza is sharing their story of being trapped for 27 days .
Here's Antonia Hilton for aboud Wafa and one year old Yusuf .
This is their very first time outside playing in the grass trying out the swing at home in Massachusetts in over a month , just days ago , they were one of the Palestinian American families pleading to go through the Rafah crossing and flee Gaza .
Hope was that ?
Hey , this is a nightmare that we wake up from .
They were visiting family in Northern Gaza when they awoke on October 7th to the unmistakable sounds of war airstrikes intensify at night .
As soon as the sun sets .
I think that's when everybody knows that time to start praying for the night to pass through and then , uh , be alive in the morning .
How does that affect you as a parent ?
When your number one hope in the world is to keep your child safe ?
Wondering if you're gonna be able to do that ?
To be honest when we were there .
Um It was one question .
I used to pray like every moment for God , please not take one of us .
Three of us .
It made us feel helpless .
Yousef could end up being on the news like the many other innocent Children that have died and , and that was heartbreaking for us , Wafa and a cat named Milka would entertain Yusuf as aboud waited in hours long lines for food and often dirty water .
By the time you get to the line or even want to eat bread anymore , the amount of deil that you've seen standing in lines for something as basic as bread , it eats away at you after being turned away repeatedly at the Egyptian border on November 2nd .
Finally , they received permission to cross .
But safety for their son meant leaving their parents and siblings in uncertainty knowing that bad news could come at any moment , makes it hard to stop , to start feeling normal .
Even if not physically , we're very much still in it , making it almost impossible to find peace .
Even back home in the US Antonia , Hilton NBC News , Medway Massachusetts up next Harry Smith on how a psychedelic drug could be a breakthrough treatment for vets .
As we honor veterans , a surprising new treatment for PTSD involving the drug MD Ma also known as ecstasy .
Harry Smith has this one .
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are quickly fading into history .
But for veterans of those conflicts with PTSD history feels like yesterday , we spent most of our time outside the wire walking around , driving around , getting shot at and blown up .
Marine veteran , Scott Ostrom did two tours in Iraq .
How hard was it to come back when I first got back ?
I thought it was par for the course to have nightmares and be sleepless .
Ostrom describes 12 years of hypervigilance every waking hour on edge and I was just constantly thinking about what I would need to do if , um , something were to happen and how to be ready .
And I always , I was always armed when I was carrying my gun with me .
The va prescribed antidepressants and opioids with zero results .
He says , did you think about taking your own life ?
Oh , yeah .
Plenty of times we lose almost a veteran an hour to PTSD and suicide .
But says researcher Jennifer Mitchell help for treatment resistant vets may be close at hand psychotherapy in conjunction with MD MA , a psychedelic drug better known as ecstasy .
So , over 71% of the individuals that received MD Ma assisted therapy lost their diagnosis of PTSD by the end of the study .
She says FDA approval for the therapy could come as early as next year .
The drug says Mitchell opens the patients to self compassion to catharsis .
They were able to finally revisit a very deeply seated emotional memory in a way that allowed them to untangle and , and work through their trauma .
It worked for Scott Ostra , all those walls that I had built up over the years to dissolve .
Did MD Ma save your wife ?
MD Ma gave me a new life .
One that's more worth living and one that I feel more comfortable in my own skin .
Ostrom has quit drinking and stopped using other drugs , other veterans that you know , when you tell them about this , what do they say ?
How can I sign up ?
Harry Smith , NBC News , Denver .
That's nightly news for this Friday .
Thank you so much for watching .
I'm Tom Yamas .
Have a great weekend .
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