Washington has rejected demands made by the Palestinian kidnappers of two journalists in the Gaza Strip. A previously unknown militant group, calling itself the Holy Jihad Brigades, has released a video of American correspondent Steve Centanni and New Zealand cameraman Olaf Wiig. The kidnappers say they want the US to release all Muslim prisoners within three days.
“It’s not Islamic Jihad,” said the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “It might be a fake or new organisation. We are following the issue. What’s important is the safe return of the journalists to their families.”
Centanni and Wiig were working for the Fox news channel in Gaza when they were abducted on August 14. All the main Palestinian militant groups have condemned the kidnapping and denied involvement. Observers say it is unclear whether a group from outside Gaza could be involved.