Safe and well after almost four months in the hands of islamic militants in Gaza. A relieved but visibly shaken Alan Johnston is led away to safety by armed gunmen belonging to the Hamas movement. The leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, has hailed the freeing of the BBC journalist as evidence that the Islamist movement has brought order to the Gaza Strip by seizing power in the territory last month.
Johnson, the only western journalist to live and work in Gaza, was kidnapped on March the 12th. During his time as a hostage, three videos were released featuring images of him, including one where he appeared to be wearing a belt laden with explosives. Calls were made for his release in rallies worldwide and in an online petition signed by around 200,000 people.