Blinken, in West Bank, says US trying to ease Gaza civilians’ plight

Secretary of State Antony Blinken took his diplomatic push on the Israel-Hamas war to the occupied West Bank Sunday, trying to assure Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the Biden administration was intensifying efforts to ease the plight of Gaza’s civilians.

Mr. Blinken also insisted that Palestinians must have a main say in whatever comes next for the territory after the conflict.

He later flew to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani as American forces in the region face a surge of attacks by Iranian-allied militias in Iraq and elsewhere. U.S. forces shot down another one-way attack drone Sunday that was targeting American and coalition troops near their base in neighboring Syria, a U.S. official said. From Baghdad Mr. Blinken continued on to Turkey.