Health fears over journalist kidnapped in Gaza

Dozens of Palestinian journalists have held a demonstration protesting the kidnapping of Agence France-Press (AFP) photographer Jaime Razuri in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), held a demonstration in front of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza on Thursday, where about 70 journalists participated with signs that said ‘Freedom of the Press’and ‘Freedom for our Colleague.”, the International Federation of Journalists reported.

There has also been a demonstration held in Ramallah.

Razuri, a 50-year-old Peruvian national was seized by gunmen in the Gaza strip on Monday, and is understood to be in need of medication.

Sakher Abu El-Awn, Gaza office manager of AFP, told Reuters: ‘We believe his life is at serious risk and we urge his captors to release him immediately. He has been without his medicine for three days. He is supposed to be under a strict food programme because of his health condition.”

Razuri’s kidnapping is the latest in a series of abductions of foreign journalists and aid workers in Gaza in the past year. All have been released unharmed, most after one or two days in captivity.

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