Livni urges Red Cross to press Hamas for access to Gilad Shalit
Foreign Minister meets Red Cross head; Agency condemns the shelling of Al-Quds hospital in Gaza City.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Thursday that the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit - captured more than two years ago by Gaza militants - was at the top of Israel's day to day agenda.
The foreign minister met with visiting International Red Cross President Jakob Kellenberger on Thursday and asked for the organization to press Hamas to allow the Red Cross to visit captured Israel Defense Soldier Gilad Shalit, in order to asses his well-being.
After meeting with Kellenberger, Livni held talks with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in Tel Aviv.
The Red Cross on Thursday condemned the shelling of a Gaza City hospital by Israel Defense Forces.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said the damage caused to the Al-Quds hospital is "completely and utterly unacceptable based on every known standard of international humanitarian law."
The Geneva-based group says the second floor of the hospital took a direct hit that caused fires in the pharmacy and severe damage in many parts of the building.
Its sister organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, also issued a statement Thursday saying the shelling put the lives of patients and medical staff at risk.
Officials contacted at the Israeli mission in Geneva late Thursday could not immediately comment on the issue.
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