Kidnapped photographer released unharmed

Palestinian militants in Gaza have released a Peruvian Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer after holding him captive for almost a week.

Jaime Razuri, 50, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from outside the agency's office in Gaza City on New Year’s Day. Palestinian security officers brought Razuri to the office of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, on Sunday.

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

In a written statement, AFP thanked all those in the media corps, both Israelis and Palestinians, who helped in the process.

"AFP expresses its hope that the foreign press corps in Israel and the Palestinian territories will be free to do their job in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, and that no more journalists will be abducted while doing their duty to inform the public," the statement said.

Razuri said his abductors had treated him well during the seven days of his captivity in a building in Gaza City. No one has claimed responsibility for his abduction.


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