Monday, September 27, 2004

Riad Ali

CNN producer abducted in Gaza

A group of armed men abducted a CNN producer in Gaza City on Monday.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the abduction of CNN producer Riad Ali, and the militant group Hamas condemned it.

"We emphasize that this ugly incident is a violation of the sanctity of journalism and contradicts the morals of the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman said he, Ali and CNN photographer Mary Rogers had left their Gaza office in a taxi when a white Peugeot pulled in front of them, blocking their way, around 6:35 p.m. (11:35 a.m. ET).

This is the first time this has happened in the occupied territories. Very worrisome.

Edit - The Media Drop links a CNN story reporting Ali's release.

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