AFP Photographer Kidnapped on New Year’s Is Freed in Gaza

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By: E&P Staff

An Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer kidnapped New Year’s Day in Gaza by Palestinian gunmen has been freed, Palestinian security officers said.

Jaime Razuri, a 50-year-old Peruvian citizen, was brought to the offices of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas by security officers after his release.

“The good efforts by all parties have succeeded in returning the Peruvian journalist,” said senior Abbas aide Tayeb Abdel-Rahim, according to a Reuters account. “He is now free. The security services will continue their work to get to the captors.”

Razuri was kidnapped by four gunmen Jan. 1 he was returning to the AFP bureau in Gaza City, along with a driver and interpreter. No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Paris-based press freedom organization, noted that six foreign journalists were kidnapped in Palestine in 2006, and so far none has been prosecuted. The journalists were all released unharmed.

“Letting this impunity continue will mean that other foreign journalists will be in danger of being kidnapped,” RSF said Monday.

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