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article imageParents of BBC Gaza reporter Alan Johnston desperately worried of their son

By Bharvi     Apr 16, 2007 in World
They are desperately worried after Palestinian militants claimed to have killed their son.
Where as BBC said they could not confirm the claims by the Tawhid and Jihad brigades, which was just a rumour. Journalists have rallied in Beirut in support of Mr Johnston.
On Sunday the Tawhid and Jihad brigades, a previously unheard of group, said it had killed Mr Johnston, linking his purported execution to the plight of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel.
Mr. Johnston joined BBC in 1991 and has spent eight of the last 16 years as a correspondent, including periods in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. He rendered his services in Gaza since three years. He was the only western reporter who was permanently based in the often violent and lawless territory. His posting in Gaza had been due to end in late March.
His parents Graham and Margaret Johnston are desperately worried about him. They added "We make a heartfelt appeal to anyone who may have knowledge of Alan's situation and well-being to contact the authorities in Gaza.
We can understand the situation of his parents. Hope the news about his death is just rumours. Trust he should be back safely.
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