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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Finally, Some News

Today the world finally received news about kidnapped Fox News Reporter Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig.

Fox News: Palestinian Group Claims Kidnapping of Journalists ---

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Video footage of two kidnapped FOX News journalists was released by a previously unheard of Palestinian group Wednesday along with a statement demanding the release of Muslim prisoners in U.S. jails within 72 hours in exchange for the men.

In the video, American correspondent Steve Centanni, 60, and cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, of New Zealand, made statements about their condition and appealed for help in winning their release.

The footage, first released in Gaza to the Arab TV station Al Jazeera via the Palestinian news agency Ramattan, was the first sign of the journalists since they were kidnapped Aug. 14 from their news van in Gaza City.

The statement issued by the Holy Jihad Brigades — the first by a Palestinian group in Gaza that made demands on a foreign country other than Israel — demanded the release of Muslim prisoners in U.S. jails be released within three days in exchange for Centanni and Wiig. The group did not say what would happen if the deadline passed unanswered.
Centanni and Wiig both spoke on the video and are apparently being treated well; they have access to food, water, a bathroom (with shower), etc. It gave me chills to hear them, knowing that they are captives to murderous terrorists.

You can read the "Holy Jihad Brigades'" (aka the Terrorist group's) statement here.

We must keep Steve, Olaf, and their families in our prayers. Who knows what the cowardly terrorists will do if their demands are not met.

Indeed, the State Department has rejected the terrorists' demands:

"We don't make concessions to terrorists, and we continue to call for the release of these journalists without conditions," State Department press officer Gonzalo Gallegos said.
We cannot make concessions to terrorists, as hard as that is.

Michelle Malkin has lots more.

You can see the video and read a lot more at Hot Air (Possible al-Qaeda connection?).

My Previous Post: Keep Praying: Centanni & Wiig Still Missing

Update-11:55pm: Nice article on Centanni and Wiig from the AP: Kidnapped journalist 'a gentle person'

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