Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Palestinian militants kidnap AP journalist

DEVELOPING STORY: An Associated Press photographer abducted in Gaza on Tuesday by Palestinian gunmen has been freed, Palestinian security and political sources told CNN Tuesday night.

MADRID (CNN) -- Palestinian gunmen abducted an Associated Press photographer in Gaza Tuesday morning, according to the AP and the Spanish Foreign Ministry.

According to a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, who asked not to identified, the photographer's name is Emilio Morenatti.

"They kidnapped him today as he left his home," the spokeswoman said. "It was about 7:30 a.m. local time in Gaza."

According to the AP, "Morenatti, 37 ... was leaving his temporary apartment in Gaza, heading toward a car where Majed Hamdan, an AP driver and translator, was waiting. Hamdan said four gunmen grabbed his keys and phone and told him to turn away, pressing a gun to his head and threatening to harm him if he moved."

They then shoved him into a white Volkswagen and drove off, AP reported.

According to AP, Morenatti is from Jerez, Spain, and has been working for the news agency in Jerusalem since April 2005. He periodically makes trips to the Palestinian territories.

1 comentarios:

marie said...

I hope he is returned unharmed. :(


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