Video of Kidnapped Journalists Lists Demands

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A TV grab from the Palestinian Ramattan News Agency shows Fox News journalist Steve Centanni (right) and freelance cameraman, New Zealander Olaf Wiig, who were kidnapped last week from the Gaza Strip. Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Steve Centanni (right) and Olaf Wiig

A TV grab from the Palestinian Ramattan News Agency shows Fox News journalist Steve Centanni (right) and freelance cameraman, New Zealander Olaf Wiig, who were kidnapped last week from the Gaza Strip.

Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Video was released Wednesday of two Fox News journalists kidnapped Aug. 14 by an obscure Palestinian group. Both men — correspondent Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig — appear to be in good health.

The group demanded that the United States release all "Muslim prisoners" in American jails within 72 hours in exchange for the abducted journalists. The previously unknown militant group calling itself the "Holy Jihad Brigades" did not say what would happen if their demand was not met.

In the video, Centanni, an American, and Wiig, of New Zealand, are wearing track suits, sitting on the floor with a black background.

"We're alive and well, in fairly good health," Centani said.

Later, Olaf Wiig appeals for help to win their release. None of their captors is seen in the video.

Leaders of Fatah, Hamas and other Palesitnian factions have all called for the journalists to be freed. Palestinian security sources in Gaza say the most troubling aspect of this kidnapping is that no one has ever heard of "Holy Jihad Brigades."

Little about this kidnapping 10 days ago has fit the usual pattern of abductions of westerners in Gaza. Out of the dozen journalists and several aid workers kidnapped in Gaza in the last two years, almost all were released unharmed after only a short period of time. And almost all of the captors made very local demands specific to internal Gaza politics.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem said of the demand, "The government does not make concessions to terrorists."

The Foreign Press Association is now warning all American and British journalists to avoid Gaza, citing specific intelligence threats that militants wants to abduct more journalists.

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