Palestinian mufti appeals for release of Iraq hostages
6 December 2005
BBC Monitoring Newsfile
Text of report by Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV on 6 December
Mufti of the Palestinian Territories Ikrimah Sabri appealed on Monday [5 December] for the release of the four kidnapped foreign members of the Christian Peacemaking Team. In statements to the press in the West Bank, Sabri said that the abduction of those four came as a surprise to the Palestinian people, noting their support for the Palestinian causes, especially their protests against the racial segregation wall.
The four members of the Christian Peacemaking Team were kidnapped in Baghdad last week. They are a Briton, an American, and two Canadians, said to be working within the same team in the Palestinian territories.
The non-governmental Peacemaking Team voiced hope that the Saraya Suyuf al-Haq [Brigades of the Swords of Right] will understand the work of the abducted members and the humanitarian side of their mission in Iraq. The team’s spokesman William Biny [name as received] voiced hope that the abductors will realize who our colleagues are and release them.
Source: Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 0600 gmt 6 Dec 05
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