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After 13 days in captivity, two Fox News journalists were dropped off in front of a Gaza City hotel this weekend, despite an earlier demand for the release of Muslim prisoners in the U.S. A reporter discusses the release and the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
Next, in Gaza, the Mideast conflict that kept on going even as attention moved on to Lebanon. Jeffrey Brown begins with the hostage release story in Gaza.
There was chaos, then cheers… and lots of cameras in the first moments of freedom for two FOX News journalists who were released yesterday after being kidnapped and held by a previously unknown group in Gaza for 13 days.
STEVE CENTANNI, FOX News Correspondent:
I'm not used to being on this side of the news story, and not one instead of one covering the news.
In a phone interview with FOX News, correspondent Steve Centanni explained what happened when he and cameraman Olaf Wiig were taken at gunpoint from their car.
He sat us down and tied our hands behind our backs really tightly with these plastic ties, and I still have some sore wrists. It was digging into my wrists really badly, but that was just the beginning of our torment.
The two gained their freedom after being forced at gunpoint to say on videotape that they had converted to Islam. Despite the ordeal, both urged other journalists to keep coming to Gaza.
I just hope this never scares a single journalist away from coming to Gaza to cover this story.
OLAF WIIG, Freelance Cameraman:
And that would be a great tragedy for the people of Palestine, and especially for the people of Gaza. Your story doesn't get very well told because it is difficult to work here.
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