Rusty Shackleford has some disturbing news on Steve Centanni & Olaf Wiig. It doesn’t happen often, but let’s hope Rusty’s wrong on this one.
Update – Kim: The Jerusalem Post has this report:
The two Fox News employees kidnapped in the Gaza Strip recently are being held by one of Fatah’s militias, Palestinian Authority security sources and Hamas activists told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
On Wednesday, a hitherto unknown group calling itself the Holy Jihad Brigades claimed responsibility for the abduction and demanded that Muslim prisoners in US jails be freed within 72 hours.
However, the announcement by the Holy Jihad Brigades surprised most Palestinian factions, especially the Hamas government, which has strongly denied any connection to the abduction.
Fatah leaders in the Gaza Strip have also denied responsibility, saying they did not believe that their followers were holding the two journalists.
But some Hamas activists in Gaza City said they were convinced that one of Fatah’s armed groups was holding the two.
“Fatah has many armed groups in the Gaza Strip,” said a senior Hamas activist. “Some of these groups operate independently and are not in touch with their political leaders. Our sources have told us that the two foreign journalists are in their hands.”
Another top Hamas activist told the Post that his movement’s investigations have shown that the two journalists were initially kidnapped by members of one of the PA’s security forces. “The kidnappers, who wanted to put pressure on the Palestinian leadership to pay them their salaries, later handed the two over to Fatah gunmen,” he said. “They are now being held in one of the refugee camps near Gaza City.”
Unfortunately, it’s so hard to trust anything Hamas says. With the battles, political and otherwise, that have taken place between Fatah and Hamas, it’s hard to tell if these Hamas officials are using Centanni’s and Wiig’s kidnapping to undermine Fatah, or if they’re telling the truth. Or as commenter JumpinJoe said, Hamas may have kidnapped Centanni and Wiig themselves.