Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Alan Johnston released

Put on the TV this morning to hear some wonderful news. BBC correspondent Alan Johnston has finally been released after being held in captivity in the Gaza strip for 114 days.

It is ironic but the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas was key in securing his release. 45 years old Johnston was the only remaining Western journalist in the Gaza strip and he was abducted on 12 March by the Army of Islam a militant group there.

Hamas took control in Gaza by force last month and they slowly closed down on the group. There was relief that Alan was released without any military action and he was unharmed.

I am happy that I can finally take down the button on my side bar calling for his release.

Alan Johnston banner

Related links:
- Johnston free after 'appalling' ordeal
- Hamas role in Johnston's release


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