United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is demanding an end to the violence in Gaza “in the name of humanity”.
He has accusing the leaders of Israel and Hamas of being irresponsible and “morally wrong”.
Ban urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to demonstrate “political will” and “compassionate leadership” to end the suffering.
The UN chief reinforced the UN Security Council’s call for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire”.
Ban said “Gaza is in critical condition” after pummelling by Israeli forces that has killed helpless civilians and raised “serious questions about proportionality”.
The call came as Palestinian officials said that Israeli airstrikes hit the compound of Gaza City’s main hospital and a nearby park .
The Israeli military had no immediate comment.
Camera crews were prevented from filming the area of impact at Shifa Hospital.
Health official Ayman Sahabani says several people were wounded in the strike.