Gaza Strip: British hostages released
The Three British hostages who were kidnapped and freed in Gaza Strip were "well and in good spirits", the British Foreign Office has said. Aid worker Kate Burton, 24, and her parents, were released by their captors late Friday and were moved later to Jerusalem.
Hugh and Helen Burton were taken at gunpoint with their daughter on Wednesday by a previously-unknown Palestinian group calling itself the Mujahideen Brigades.
They were released soon after the kidnappers filmed a statement read by a masked gunman standing alongside Ms Burton. The group threatened more kidnappings unless Britain and the European Union puts pressure on Israel.
The kidnappers later issued a statement claiming that it agreed to release the hostages after assurances that Britain and the European Union would work to end the Israeli "no-go" zone in northern Gaza Strip. "In case this doesn't happen, the next time we will act differently and the international observers for the next Palestinian elections will be our target," said the statement.
However, British diplomats said there had been no negotiations with the kidnappers.
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