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UN chief: Hamas is not a terrorist group, it’s a political movement

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths has said the UN does not consider Hamas a terrorist group, classing it as a “political group”.

In an interview with Sky News yesterday, Griffith said: “I have worked with many, many, many diff terrorist and insurgent groups. Hamas is not a terrorist group for us, as you know, it’s a political group.”

Asked if he thinks Israel’s stated aim for bombing Gaza, eliminating Hamas, is achievable, he said: “I think, it’s very, very difficult to dislodged these groups without a negotiated solution which includes their aspirations. I cannot think of an example of a place where a victory through warfare has succeeded against a well entrenched group, terrorist or otherwise.”

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