Hamas releases detained camera man

1st August 2008, Comments 0 comments

German broadcaster announces Hamas' release of its camera man

Tel Aviv -- Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip have released a camera man working for the German television broadcaster ARD, four nights after they detained him, the network said on Thursday.

Sawaf Abu Saif was in a "bad state," ARD Israel bureau chief Richard Haim Schneider said, adding that more details would be provided on his overnight release later in the day.

Abu Saif was arrested on Saturday in a Hamas crackdown on its rivals, including the moderate Fatah party of President Mahmoud Abbas.

On Wednesday, ARD closed its Gaza office to protest Abu Saif's detention.

The crackdown in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip followed a series of bombings in and around Gaza City Friday in which six people were killed and for which Hamas was blaming Fatah.

Hamas officials reportedly accused Abu Saif of being a Fatah sympathizer.


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