Abbas to meet with Fox News over journalists kidnapped in Gaza - Press Gazette

Abbas to meet with Fox News over journalists kidnapped in Gaza

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has scheduled a meeting with Fox News' team in the Middle East to resolve the predicament of two of the channel's journalists who were kidnapped on Monday.

Fox correspondent Steve Centanni (pictured), and his cameraman, New Zealander Olaf Wiig, were ambushed while working in Gaza on Monday.

According to one of Abbas' aides, the president has ordered all security forces to work on tracking the two journalists.

According to witnesses, the men, along with a bodyguard, were parked near the headquarters of the Palestinian security services when two trucks filled with gunmen pulled up and boxed them in.

The gunmen took the two out of their sports utility vehicle, which was marked "TV," and drove away.

Reporters Without Borders said that ten journalists have been kidnapped in the Palestinian Territories in the past 12 months.

According to the Palestinian police, no one has claimed responsibility for the abductions or come forward with demands.

A spokesman for the Palestinian Government, Ghazi Hamad, called for the immediate release of the two journalists. 'This is totally rejected, immoral and is not a national action,' Hamad told reporters in Gaza. 'Journalists and diplomats have special immunity, and this way is completely rejected and presents an image of security chaos,' he said.