The captors of the BBC’s Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston have released a video of him on the internet. It is the first tangible evidence since he was captured in Gaza City on March 12 that he was alive, at least up to the point the recording was made, although it is not clear when that was.
The message was posted on an Islamist website. “My captors have treated me very well. They have fed me well. There has been no violence towards me at all and I am in good health,” he said.
His captors, the so-called Army of Islam, repeated their call for Britain to release Muslim prisoners, among them the cleric Abu Qatada, suspected of links to al-Qaeda.