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UPDATE: Journalists Captured in Gaza

Reported by Janie - August 17, 2006 -

Brit Hume provided the first update on Fox News (that I've noticed) detailing the status of the two Fox journalists kidnapped in Gaza on Monday, during last night's "Special Report" (8/16).

According to Hume, "Two days after our Fox News colleagues, National Correspondent Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig, were kidnapped in Gaza, we still have no word on their whereabouts or condition. Steve and Olaf were taken at gunpoint from their vehicle near the Palestinian Security headquarters on Monday. No one has claimed responsibility, in fact, no militant groups in the area have disclaimed responsibility and no demands have been made for their release.

Palestinian police have set up road blocks in Gaza and are searching cars in an effort to find the newsmen, or their captors. Palestinian authorities say they are specifically focusing their efforts to find the two hostages in Gaza City.

New Zealand's Ambassador Jan Henderson met today with Palestinian President Abbas to discuss the situation, and Fox News Mid-East Correspondent Jennifer Griffin and bureau chief Elliot Fastman have been working with Palestinian authorities in Gaza in an on-going effort to find the two men.

And the organization of the Islamic Conference, headquartered in Saudi Arabia has condemned the kidnappings, saying it does not serve the national interest of the Palestinian people and called for the immediate release of Steve and Olaf."

Once again, our best wishes go out to both journalists and their families as we all wish and pray for their safe and speedy return.