Monday, August 14, 2006

Two FOX Journalists Abducted in Gaza

Oddly enough, I had to grab this news from ABC via Reuters because it hasn't been posted on FOX's site yet at the time of this writing:

Aug 14, 2006 — GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian gunmen kidnapped two foreign journalists working for the Fox News television channel in Gaza on Monday, a witness said.

The witness, a Palestinian who worked with the two journalists, said one of them, a producer, was an American, and the other, whose nationality he did not know, was a cameraman.

The Fox News bureau in Jerusalem said it was checking the report.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the abduction.
Similar incidents in the past in Gaza have ended with the release, usually within hours, of kidnapped foreign journalists or aid workers.

Let's hope they're safe and will be returned quickly.

Just one month ago, FOX reporters had been shot at by Israeli troops (video) in Gaza. They certainly aren't having an easy time of it over there.

Update: Via AP:

"We can confirm that two of our people were taken against their will in Gaza," Fox News said in a statement.

A Fox employee in Gaza, who declined to give his name because he was not authorized to release information about the incident, said the two kidnapped people were reporter Steve Centanni, a U.S. citizen, and a cameraman from New Zealand.
Major militant groups in Gaza denied having any connection to the abduction, and there was no immediate word of any demands made.

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