Statement from BBC News: Alan Johnston, BBC Gaza Correspondent
The BBC issued the following statement at 1.15pm UK time today, Thursday 15 March 2007, at a press conference in Gaza, about Alan Johnston, BBC Gaza Correspondent.
"The BBC continues to be concerned about the welfare of Alan Johnston. We have
had no firm information about Alan since he left our bureau in Gaza on Monday
"This is a difficult time for Alan's friends and colleagues within the BBC - and especially for Alan's family. They are being kept fully updated and have
been very moved by the expressions of support for Alan that have come from
Gaza, the Middle East and around the world.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone here in Gaza for the
help they have been able to offer us so far in trying to resolve the
situation. In particular, we would like to thank the offices of President
Abbas and of Prime Minister Haniyeh for their assistance at what has obviously
been a busy time for them.
"Alan Johnston has dedicated the past three years living and working among the
people of Gaza so that their experiences can be reported fairly and accurately
to the outside world. It is clear from the messages we have had that these
efforts are valued enormously by everyone here in Gaza.
"We would therefore urge everyone with influence here to continue their efforts
so that Alan may be reunited with his family and colleagues at the earliest
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