NEWS: Alan Johnston Released

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BBC's Gaza correspondent released

Mr Johnston said his time in captivity was the worst of his life


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BBC correspondent Alan Johnston has been released by kidnappers in Gaza after nearly four months in captivity.
He said it was "fantastic" to be free after an "appalling experience". TV footage showed Mr Johnston, 45, leaving a building accompanied by armed men.

He later appeared beside Hamas leader Ismail Haniya and thanked everyone who had worked for his release.

Rallies worldwide had called for Mr Johnston's release. An online petition was signed by some 200,000 people.

The BBC reporter was handed over to officials of the Hamas administration in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Hamas' military wing had said it would actively work towards securing Mr Johnston's release, warning his kidnappers it was prepared to use force.

Gunmen from the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement overran Gaza last month, expelling their rivals from the Fatah faction.

Fatah's defeat in Gaza prompted its leader, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, to sack Mr Haniya as prime minister.

More: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6267928.stm

Thank God he's been released.
 
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Again, really didn't hold out much hope but so glad that all has worked out well. All the best to he and his family with their lives. :)
 
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melbourne720 said:
Nice one - he seems pretty pleased to be out, and the BBC have a pretty big headline on their website (funnily enough).

I wonder if he'll go back there?

Just watched on Sky news saying that after 2 years in Gaza and a 4 month Kidnapping, he won't be going back for a while yet!

Glad he's still got a sence of humour considering! :)
 

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Interesting to see what the political ramifications will be in the longer term for Hamas though.

They have managed to acheive what no one else was able to.
 
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