Fox Journalists Freed


Nearly two weeks after being seized by militants, two Fox News journalists were freed Sunday, bringing to an end the longest-running foreign hostage situation in the Gaza Strip.

Cameraman Olaf Wiig of New Zealand and correspondent Steve Centanni of the US are shaken but safe and well.

Before their release, the kidnappers released a further video of Wiig and Centanni to the Ramattan News agency.

In one segment of the footage, Wiig is seen sitting cross-legged on the floor, dressed in a beige robe and reading from crumpled notes.

"Statements from George Bush like 'we're at war with Islamic fascists' does not help. It is time that the leaders of the West listen to the people, take notice of the millions protesting in the streets, stop hiding behind the, 'I don't negotiate with terrorist' myth," Wiig read.

Wiig's statement also said the people of Gaza had been living "for many years in what is effectively a prison camp."

He ended his statement with a blessing in Arabic.

The pair have been held by a group calling themselves the Holy Jihad Brigades since being seized 13 days ago.

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