No, it wasn’t Sheppard Smith and his Barbie Doll sidekick, but ‘foreign’ journalists hired by Fox News TV. One is confirmed as being American.
Palestinian gunmen kidnapped two foreign journalists working for the Fox News television channel in Gaza on Monday, a witness said.
The witness, a Palestinian who worked with the two journalists, said one of them, a producer, was an American, and the other, whose nationality he did not know, was a cameraman.
The Fox News bureau in Jerusalem said it was checking the report.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the abduction.
The witness said two vehicles blocked the journalist’s transmission truck in the center of Gaza City and a masked man put a gun to the bodyguard’s head, forcing him to the ground.
The kidnappers then sped away with the two journalists.
Similar incidents in the past in Gaza have ended with the release, usually within hours, of kidnapped foreign journalists or aid workers.
Many of the abductions were carried out by Palestinians pressing a grievance against the Palestinian government or its security forces.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are in the Middle East these days. Danger lurks around every corner, and no amount of negotiating will prevent future kidnappings, murders, roadside bombings, or suicide bombers from gaining their illegitimate martyrdom.
UPDATE: Reports say the American reporter is Steve Centanni.