UN Secretary General flies over Gaza in Israeli helicopter

UN Secretary General Guterres receives helicopter tour of Gaza area, receives briefing on threats facing Israeli residents.

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Danny Danon and Antonio Guterres on a helicopter tour
Danny Danon and Antonio Guterres on a helicopter tour
Shlomi Amsalem

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on Wednesday morning flew over Israel's border with Gaza and received a briefing on the security challenges presented by the Hamas-controlled area.

Flying with Guterres were Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon and IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi.

During the flight, Danon explained the security issues facing residents of southern Israel, as well as the threats Hamas presents.

“Hamas continues to arm itself in order to harm Israel as it exploits the generous humanitarian aid provided by the international community,” Ambassador Danon told the Secretary General. “Instead of working to ensure a better future for their children, Hamas has turned the residents of Gaza into hostages, and is investing its resources into digging murderous terror tunnels.”

Afterwards, Guterres is expected to visit a terror tunnel and meet residents of the border communities.

On Tuesday, Guterres laid flowers on arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat's grave, and visited the families of imprisoned terrorists.

Danny Danon and Antonio Guterres on a helicopter tour
Shlomi Amsalem