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BBC’s Gaza Hostage Says “Don’t Rescue Me”

From a conflicted CNN:

Abducted BBC man: Don’t rescue me

June 25, 2007

GAZA CITY (CNN) — Clad in what appeared to be an explosive vest, kidnapped BBC Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston warned in a new video that his captors would turn their hideout into a “death zone” if any rescue attempt is made…

I do appeal to the Hamas movement and the British government not — not — to resort to the tactics of force in an effort to end this,” Johnston said.

“My captors tell me that very promising negotiations were ruined when the Hamas movement and the British government decided to press for a military solution to this kidnapping, and the situation is now very serious,” he said.

Johnston, was kidnapped March 12 by a group calling itself the Army of Islam, just weeks before he was due to end his three-year posting in the territory.

Sunday’s video showed the journalist standing before a black background, wearing a long-sleeved red shirt beneath what appeared to be an explosive vest.

The situation now is very serious. As you can see I have been dressed in what is an explosive belt, which the kidnappers say will be detonated if there was any attempt to storm this area,” he said.

Johnston urged British and Palestinian officials to resume negotiations, adding, “They’re willing to turn the hideout into what they described as a ‘death zone’ if there’s an attempt to free me by force.” …

Remember when something like this might have been shocking?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 25th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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