The Diplomatic Scramble to Contain the Israel-Hamas War

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By Ketrin Agustine

Rikki Novetsky, Olivia Natt, Shannon Lin and

Patricia Willens and

Diane Wong, Dan Powell and


A devastating blast at a hospital in Gaza on Tuesday killed hundreds and ignited protests across the broader Middle East, deepening the crisis in the region.

As President Biden visits Israel looking to ease tensions and avoid a broader conflict, Edward Wong, a diplomatic correspondent for The Times, discusses the narrow path the American leader must navigate.


The Diplomatic Scramble to Contain the Israel-Hamas War

Edward Wong, a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times.

President Biden approaches the steps to a large airplane.
President Biden boarding a plane for Israel on Tuesday. The disaster at the hospital in Gaza immediately raised the stakes for his trip.Kenny Holston/The New York Times
  • Palestinians and Israelis blamed each other for the explosion at the hospital, where people had sought shelter from Israeli bombing.

  • The U.S. response to the Israel-Hamas war has drawn fury in the Middle East.

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Edward Wong contributed reporting.

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