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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

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July 31st, 2014
08:30 PM ET

Gaza Officials: 1,432 People Killed

In Gaza, more than 225,000 Palestinians are packed into shelters, according to the United Nations.

Most people can't find clean water and Gaza's only power plant has been destroyed in recent days.

Now Israel is indicating there are more phases to come in this conflict.

CNN’s Karl Penhaul reports.

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July 31st, 2014
08:10 PM ET

White House walking fine line on Israel?

Stephen Hadley, National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush, discusses the Obama administration's response to the conflict in Gaza.

**Hadley serves on the Board of Directors for Raytheon, the principal contractor of the Iron Dome, Israel's missile defense system.

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July 31st, 2014
07:30 PM ET

PLO rep: Palestinians need the siege of Gaza ended

Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, Palestinian Representative to the U.S., says Palestinians are in an open air prison as Israel continues bombing Gaza.

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July 31st, 2014
07:08 PM ET

Netanyahu adviser: I don't accept Gaza's casualty numbers

Sr. Foreign Policy Adviser to Netanyahu, Dore Gold, discusses the civilians caught in the middle of the violence in Gaza.

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July 31st, 2014
06:49 PM ET

American infected with Ebola tries experimental serum

For just the third time, ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised the travel alert to level three, warning against non-essential travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Ebola death toll passed 700 on Thursday, 1,300 people have contracted the virus and it's not showing any signs of slowing down.

Among the sick are two Americans who may come home.

U.S. officials are in on-going talks about getting the Americans out of West Africa, and one of them may have just given up his only chance of survival to save the other.

CNN's Pamela brown reports.

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