Palestinian gunmen freed an Israeli Arab producer for CNN television unharmed on Tuesday a day after kidnapping him in the Gaza Strip.
Riad Ali said his captors told him they were members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group in Palestinian President &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2003/01/30/42787.html' target=_blank>Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.
But the Brigades issued a statement saying they had no connection to the abduction, and condemning it as an act of chaos that hurt the Palestinian cause.
"Of course I do not know if they were really from al-Aqsa or not," Ali said of his captors, who snatched him from a CNN car they stopped in &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/hotspots/2001/12/03/22774.html' target=_blank>Gaza City on Monday, Reuters informed.
"No accusation was addressed to me. They questioned me about my background as a member of (Israel's minority) Druze community and after they saw I had nothing to do with claims or concerns they had, they released me," he told reporters.
According to Russian officials, the detainees are employees of the private security company who were on their way to Latin America via Minsk and Istanbul. Lukashenko calls Russian officials liars