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Palestinian Journalists Strike to Protest Kidnapping


Palestinian journalists went on strike Tuesday for 24 hours to protest the abduction of a British journalist last week in the Gaza Strip.

The union representing Palestinian journalists called the strike to demand the release of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston.

On Monday, the BBC said it is "increasingly concerned" about his safety. The London-based network urged anyone with influence in the situation to redouble efforts to secure Johnston's release.

Johnston has not been seen since his abduction in Gaza March 12. Palestinian officials have ordered security forces to search for the British journalist.

There have been several kidnappings of foreigners in the Gaza Strip over the past year, with most of the hostages released within hours.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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