Israeli strike draws condemnation. US issues urgent call for Gaza cease-fire.

Israel hit a Gaza school on June 6 with what it described as a targeted airstrike on up to 30 Hamas fighters inside, and a Hamas official said 40 people including women and children were killed as they sheltered in the U.N. site.

Video footage showed Palestinians hauling away bodies after the attack, which took place at a sensitive moment in mediated talks on a cease-fire that would involve releasing hostages held by Hamas and some of the Palestinians held in Israeli jails.

The United States issued a joint statement with other countries on June 6 calling on Israel and Hamas to make whatever compromises were necessary to finalize a deal after eight months of war in the Gaza Strip.

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