Sunday, August 27, 2006

BREAKING: RELEASED Centanni and Wiig HURRAY

BREAKING: 5:30 a.m. est. Both Steve Centanni and Olaf Wigg, Fox News Journalists are RELEASED!!!!! They are now at the Beach Hotel in Gaza City. AWESOME, AWESOME NEWS......Thank GOD they are safe and free again.

More information prior to their release is in my previous post at 3:40 a.m. Sunday morning.

Shepard Smith said that Fox News has been on standby for the last 48 hours with hopes of their release. Ken Centanni, Steve's brother is on the telephone line now, he had just talked with Steve and that he is happy and was glad to get out of there. Fox News has been playing the video of moments after Steve and Olaf's release....

Of course Fox and the families state Steve and Olaf were guests, but as we all know they were held against their will.

**UPDATE** Steve Centanni describes his abduction on the phone with Shepard Smith. Brit Hume called in to speak with Shep early this morning.

Via Fox News: Captors Release Two FOX News Journalists Kidnapped in Gaza Aug. 14
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Two FOX News journalists were released by their kidnappers Sunday, nearly two weeks after they were taken hostage in the Gaza Strip.
The freeing of FOX correspondent Steve Centanni, 60, and cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, ends the longest-running drama involving foreign hostages in Gaza.
Centanni said he was "emotional" shortly after being released.
"I must, first off, thank everybody for their support," he said. "But I'm fine. I'm just so happy to be free."
Centanni said that he was blindfolded when he was kidnapped. The captors turned them over to "a guy." They were both handcuffed with plastic ties behind their backs.
They were then taken by car to a place where they heard a garage door slam, Centanni said. He later found out it was a garage.
"We were pushed down onto the dirt-covered concrete floor and we were forced to life face down with our handcuffs on," Centanni said.
"Olaf was in the same room with me. Our shoulders were wrenched back, very painful."
Centanni said he was so emotional because he was out and alive.
"There were times when I thought 'I'm dead,' and I'm not," Centanni said. "I'm fine. I'm so very happy."
Centanni's brother, Ken, spoke to FOX News directly after the news was released.
"It's just a tremendous amount of relief, overwhelming relief," Ken Centanni said.[read more]

Earlier this a.m. on my previous post, both men were FORCED by GUNPOINT to Convert to Islam.

More info at jpost and Sky News.
Several Videos have been released since Steve and Olaf were freed. Right now...a Press Conference is beginning.
**UPDATE** They are safely out of Gaza now and in Jerusalem, Israel.

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