Tlaleng Mofokeng, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, has said that the "practice of medicine is under attack" in Gaza.
"As a practicing physician, I cannot comprehend what my Gazan colleagues are going through. They work while their coworkers and loved ones are being attacked. Many have been killed while caring for their patients," stated Mofokeng in a statement.
The UN expert also called for a quick ceasefire and the end of Israeli control of Palestinian territories.
"We are witnesses to a heinous war on healthcare workers. Because of a lack of political leadership, this conflict is raging. Stop the war in Gaza and stop it immediately."
Meanwhile, Egypt is working to speed up aid delivery to the Gaza Strip, a senior official said on Thursday, after the volume of aid reaching the Palestinian enclave fell when the Israel-Hamas truce expired on December 1.
Diaa Rashwan, chief of the State Information Service, said Egypt would never allow the Gaza Strip to be depopulated as Israel's offensive operation pushes them southward into Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
Rashwan went on to say that Egypt felt Israel's efforts in the Israeli-occupied West Bank were intended to push Palestinians into Jordan.
According to Amnesty International, the Israeli attacks in south Lebanon on October 13 that killed Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah and injured six others were most likely a direct attack on civilians and should be investigated as a war crime.
In a second statement, Human Rights Watch stated the two Israeli attacks were "an apparently deliberate attack on civilians and thus a war crime."
According to a Reuters investigation released on Thursday, an Israeli tank crew killed Abdallah and injured six other reporters by firing while the journalists were documenting cross-border shelling from a distance.