Israel-Hamas war: War enters 18th day, 6000 people died

News Desk: The war between Israel and Palestine’s Hamas militant group entered its 18th day on Tuesday. Over 6,000 people have died on both sides.

The Hamas-led Health Ministry said at least 5,791 Palestinians have been killed and 15,270 wounded in the airstrikes carried out by Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza since October 7. In the occupied West Bank, 96 Palestinians have been killed and 1,650 wounded in violence and Israeli raids.

More than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Israel after Hamas attacked Israeli towns from the Gaza border on October 7. In addition to that, at least 222 people including foreigners were believed captured by Hamas during the incursion and taken into Gaza. Four of them have been released since then.

Several world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, are now emphasising the importance of a two-state solution to the long-standing conflict between Israel and Palestine. Meanwhile, China for the first time, has acknowledged Israel’s right to self-defence.