British Reporter: “Fantastic” To Be Free
"The Palestinian people showed their repugnance at Alan's kidnap ... Palestinian President (Mahmoud) Abbas strongly condemned Alan's kidnapping and demanded that it be brought to an end ... (Hamas leader) Ismail Haniyeyh and Hamas spokesmen denounced the hostage-takers and demanded Alan's release."
- David Miliband, British foreign secretary
Erez Crossing, Gaza Strip, Israel side - British reporter Alan Johnston, looking gaunt and walking stiffly, was released Wednesday after nearly four months in captivity in the Gaza Strip, saying it was "fantastic" to be free after an "appalling" ordeal in which his life was threatened.
The British Broadcasting Corp. correspondent was freed under unclear terms after the Hamas militant group that controls Gaza stepped up the pressure on his captors, a shadowy group called the Army of Islam.