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Al-Jazeera Protests Israeli Detention of Bureau Chief


The Arabic television broadcaster al-Jazeera has protested Israel's detention of its Jerusalem bureau chief and one of its reporters.

Al-Jazeera said bureau chief Walid al-Omary was released late Monday after being detained twice since Sunday. Correspondent Ilyas Karram also was briefly detained.

In a statement, the Qatar-based broadcaster accused Israel of obstructing its coverage of the Israeli offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

Al-Jazeera expressed its "utmost disapproval and strong denunciation" of Israel's alleged obstruction of the network's coverage of the conflict. The network reiterated what it called its adherence to internationally recognized professional journalistic standards.

An Israeli police spokesman told the Associated Press Omary was detained for questioning after videotaping Hezbollah rocket attacks on Haifa Sunday.

Some information for this report provided AP and Reuters.