Kidnapped Fox News Channel journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig appeared on a video broadcast worldwide Wednesday for the first time since the pair was abducted in Gaza City Aug. 14.
A group calling itself the Holy Jihad of Brigades delivered the video to Palestinian news agency Ramattan. The video -- in which correspondent Centanni and cameraman Wiig appeared healthy -- was later carried on Fox News and other U.S. and international networks.
The kidnappers also delivered a statement demanding that the United States release all Muslim prisoners in exchange for Centanni and Wiig. “We are going to exchange the Muslim female and male prisoners in American jails in return for the prisoners that we have. We are going to give you 72 hours beginning midnight tonight to take your decision,” the statement said, according to AP.
Centanni said in the video that the captors were treating him and Wiig well. “I am here and alive and give my love to my family and friends and ask to do anything you can to try to help get us out of here,” Centanni added.
Fox News senior vice president John Moody said the network was encouraged that Centanni and Wiig “appear to be alive and well” in the video. “We trust that the abductors understand that they are responsible for Steve’s and Olaf’s welfare and safe return. We ask for their immediate release,” Moody said in a prepared statement Wednesday.