Kidnapped Italian journalist released

Sept. 11, 2005 at 12:06 AM

DEIR EL-BALAH, Gaza, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A correspondent for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera has been released by kidnappers in the Gaza Strip.

Lorenzo Cremonesi was abducted by gunmen in Deir el-Balah, the BBC reported. Nabil Sha'th, foreign minister of the Palestinian National Authority, confirmed his release Saturday night.

Ayman Najah, Cremonesi's translator, said the ambush occurred shortly after an interview with the local head of the al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade. Najah said the masked gunmen belonged to al-Aqsa.

Cremonesi had been staying in Gaza to cover the Israeli withdrawal. Several foreigners have been abducted in recent weeks and released unharmed.

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