BBC journo freed; Hamas scores July 4, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Event, Human Rights, International, Note2Self, Politics.
The most fantastic news in a long while.
GAZA,: Alan Johnston, the BBC Gaza correspondent who was kidnapped on March 12, was freed early Wednesday and is now in Israel, preparing to fly home to Great Britain. (con’t in IHT)
This is the second ‘goal’ by Hamas in past weeks, the first being an op-ed by Ahmed Yousef in New York Times end June.
Mr Johnston said Hamas’s seizure of power in Gaza and its subsequent pledge to improve security in the territory had facilitated his release.
“The kidnappers seemed very comfortable and very secure in their operation until… a few weeks ago, when Hamas took charge of the security operation here,” he said. (BBC)
This makes yesterday’s announcement by the Palestinian officials said only Palestinian Authority civil servants and security force members loyal to the new emergency government appointed by President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah (with new backer – Olmert) would receive a full monthly salary (released from the Palestinian funds/aid) look kinda cheap.
Your move, EU/Fatah.