Guterres comments on Hamas ‘unacceptable’ says Salvini

Deputy Premier and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini has blasted United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres for saying that, while Hamas’s attacks on Israel on were appalling, they did not happen in a vacuum.

Guterres said the Palestinian people have suffered “56 years of suffocating occupation” adding that Israel’s bombing and blockage of the Gaza Strip was “collective punishment” of them.

Salvini said the comments were “serious and unacceptable,” adding there can be “no justification for terrorism”.

Salvini met a group of Israeli survivors and families of hostages held by Hamas on Tuesday.

Israel has called on Guterres to resign, saying his words were a justification of terrorism and murder.