Air strikes early on Tuesday killed at least 10 people, medical officials in the coastal enclave said. About 320 Palestinians have died since Saturday, the UN says. Four Israelis have been killed by rockets from Gaza. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate ceasefire and condemned both Israel and Hamas. While recognising Israel's right to defend itself from militant rocket attacks, he condemned its "excessive use of force". "The suffering caused to civilian populations as a result of the large-scale violence and destruction that have taken place over the past few days has saddened me profoundly," he said. The UN says at least 62 of the Palestinians killed were women and children. Forty people were said to have been wounded in Tuesday's raids, which targeted Hamas-run offices and security installations, Palestinian officials said. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate ceasefire Israel's defence chief earlier said his country was fighting a "war to the bitter end" against Hamas. Israel has massed forces along the boundary with Gaza and has declared the area around it a "closed military zone". Correspondents say the move - in addition to the call-up of thousands of reservists - could be a prelude to ground operations, but could also be intended to build pressure on Hamas. The Red Cross earlier described the situation in Gaza's hospitals as chaotic, with medical teams "stretched to the limit". Trucks laden with medical aid have been <b>...</b>
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