During a press conference Wednesday, President Obama said he has "no sympathy for Hamas," while expressing his concern for the Palestinian people. Maen Areikat, the Chief P.L.O. Representative to the U.S. appeared on Erin Burnett OutFront to discuss the situation in Gaza and respond to Obama’s comments on Hamas.
There have widespread allegations that Hamas has been launching rockets from civilian-populated areas. Video released by French TV Wednesday shows just that - a rocket launcher in a residential neighborhood, with children playing around it. Burnett asked Areikat if he condemns Hamas for these actions:
“We don’t know the circumstances of this particular rocket launcher,” Areikat said, referencing the video. “If there has been incidents…in which fighters from Palestinian factions fired at Israel from civilian populated centers, I think these were isolated centers. But to portray that this was the rule and not the exception is not a fair representation of what is happening in Gaza.”
On the topic of a weakened Palestinian National Authority, Areikat challenged Obama's position:
“I don’t necessarily agree with the assessment that we’ve been weakened," he said. "To say that we must work with the Palestinian leadership is an acknowledgment that the P.L.O. leadership is genuine, sincere about seeking peace.”
Watch the above interview, and tune into Erin Burnett OutFront weeknights at 7P.
As the number of deaths in Africa continue to rise, two Americans infected with Ebola are now being treated at an Atlanta-area hospital. On Tuesday, Erin Burnett spoke with Stephanie Elam, who reports on the new experimental drug that may save their lives.
ZMapp was developed by a team of 25 labs in seven countries, but it had never been tested on humans before it was given it to Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writbol.
While the drug wasn't even slated for testing untill 2015, Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire told Elam she thought the serum would work, and would have taken it herself.
Watch the associated video for Elam's full report on the new serum tasked with combatting Ebola.
In 1972, while working at a hospital in what was then known as Zaire, Dr. Thomas Cairns nicked his finger with a scalpel while performing an autopsy on a patient who had died before being properly diagnosed.
Ebola was not a known disease at the time, but Dr. Cairns contracted a virus that would soon have him fighting for his life.
"OutFront" on Tuesday evening, Cairns revealed to Erin Burnett that there was very little they could do for him at the time. Knowing what experts know now about how infectious the disease is, it's difficult for Cairns to explain how he avoided infecting his caregivers and family:
“Using that word miracle is what I would use too," he told Burnett. "I can’t account for it, other than the power of God.”
Watch the above video, and tune in every weeknight at 7P for "Erin Burnett OutFront."
No one wants to get older. But, in a video gone viral, adorable 5-year-old Sadie Miller sobs uncontrollably when she finds out baby brother won’t be a baby forever:
“I don’t want him to grow up...he’s so cute,” she tells her mom, through a torrent of tears.
And “I don’t wanna die when I’m 100,” she adds, seemingly out of the blue. We are all with her on that one.
Get ready to say, “awww.”
Jeanne Moos is OutFront with the full story.