Status update on yet another French kidnapped guy
Wednesday I mentioned that Mohammed Ouathi, a soundman working for the French TV station France 3, was kidnapped in Gaza on August 14, which was, as Haaretz reports, the latest in a string of kidnappings of foreigners in the Gaza Strip. Amnesty International explains,
The gunmen also tried to seize Mohammed al-Ouati’s three colleagues, all French citizens and members of the France 3 team. They reported that the gunmen were not wearing masks.
The abduction of Mohammed al-Ouati is the latest in a series of kidnapping by Palestinian armed groups and gunmen in recent months. In the past two months alone at least a dozen people, most of them foreign nationals, have been abducted in the Gaza Strip. They were all released unharmed within hours of being seized. However, Mohammed al-Ouati, has now been held for three days, longer than any of those previously abducted.
Among those abducted in recent weeks in the Gaza Strip are several UN and other relief workers, both foreign nationals and Palestinians.
While Chirac asks Abbas to help free kidnapped journalist, Palestinian and foreign journalists and intellectuals staged a sit-in in Gaza Thursday to protest against the kidnapping, and the PA says Abducted French soundman to be released soon, I believe it all comes down to how much.