A little known Palestinian group has issued a claim that it has killed BBC Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston.
Both the BBC and the Palestinian Authority say they have no independent verification as to the fate of the 44-year-old.
Since Alan Johnston was abducted, as he returned home from his Gaza office on 12th of March, there have been many calls for his release by both governments and individuals.
Palestinian journalists have staged protests since his kidnapping, calling for his safe return.
Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat called on those holding the journalist to free him unharmed;
“I urge those who abducted Johnston, instead of circulating rumours, and I hope these are only rumours, to release him immediately”, he said.
Only last Thursday the BBC held a day of action involving all major broadcastors which paid tribute to Johnston and his work in the often violent and lawless territory.