Fox News' Steve Centanni and Cameraman Kidnapped in Gaza

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Aug 14, 2006 3:22 PM

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I haven't heard Fox report on it yet, but Drudge links this story:

Palestinian gunmen ambushed a car carrying a Fox News crew in Gaza City on Monday and kidnapped two of the journalists inside, according to witnesses and Fox. "We can confirm that two of our people were taken against their will in Gaza,"

Fox News said in a statement.A Fox employee in Gaza, who declined to give his name because he was not authorized to release information about the incident, said the two kidnapped people were reporter Steve Centanni, a U.S. citizen, and a cameraman from New Zealand.The men, along with a bodyguard, were parked near the headquarters of the Palestinian security services when two trucks filled with gunmen pulled up and boxed them in, according to the employee.

The gunmen took the two out of their sports utility vehicle, which was marked "TV," and drove away, he said.Major militant groups in Gaza denied having any connection to the abduction, and there was no immediate word of any demands made.

Here's Centanni's bio:

In July 2003, Centanni was the first television network reporter to provide on-site reports from the building where Uday and Qusay Hussein were killed after a gun battle with the 101st Airborne Division. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Centanni served as an embedded journalist with the Navy SEAL’s and provided numerous first reports for the network, including a report that the U.S. had captured two main offshore oil terminals located 22 miles off Iraq's southern coast, preventing them from being blown up by the Iraqis.

Previously, while covering the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Centanni was first to report the fall of the Taliban in their final stronghold of Kandahar. During Operation Enduring Freedom, he reported on U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, the new interim government in Kabul and hostilities between Pakistani and Indian troops along the frontlines in Kashmir. Currently, Centanni is covering the crisis in Iraq and is stationed in Doha, Qatar.

And, his Talking Heads page. Praying he and his cameraman stay safe.

Update: Fox critics at Newshound send classy wishes for a speedy return, but Flopping Aces finds the predictably disgusting at DU.

How much do we have to pay to get the Palestinians to keep them?
Click over for more, if you can stomach it.

UPDATE: From the Reuters story, a little more detail:
A Fox news report said the network did not know who had seized them but that "negotiations were under way to secure their release"...The witness said two vehicles blocked the journalists' transmission truck in the center of Gaza City and a masked man put a gun to a bodyguard's head, forcing him to the ground.

I still haven't heard or seen anything on Fox about it, but I did walk away from the TV for a bit.

I also blogged the story over at Michelle's place. 

And, here's an update with more details.