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Submitted by jan (United States), Jul 13, 2009 at 15:24

FACT 1:

Freed Fox pair tell of kidnap torment before forced conversion to Islam

Two journalists from the American Fox News channel were freed unharmed in Gaza yesterday after being forced at gunpoint to convert to Islam at the end of a two-week kidnapping ordeal.

Hours before their release, the two men appeared in a video, dressed in Arab robes. They announced their conversion and criticised American and British foreign policy in the Middle East.

Steve Centanni, 60, an American correspondent, and his freelance cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, a New Zealander, were later released and dropped off by Palestinian security forces at a hotel in Gaza City. They were then driven to Israel.

"I am so happy to be out," said Centanni. "There were times I thought I was dead, but I'm OK, thank God." ... http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2006/aug/28/middleeastthemedia.tvnews

JERUSALEM, Aug. 27 — Two journalists kidnapped in Gaza were released unharmed on Sunday after being forced at gunpoint to say on a videotape that they had converted to Islam. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/28/world/middleeast/28mideast.html

FACT 2. Tuesday, June 23, 2009 (1:47 pm)

CAIRO, EGYPT -- There was uncertainty Tuesday, June 23, about the situation of two Egyptian Christians who were detained for a month following a Muslim outcry over the rescue of a kidnapped Coptic Christian girl.

Clashes broke out last month in the village of Toma, near El-Mahalla El-Kubra in the middle of the Nile Delta, when local Muslims reportedly attacked Copts who managed to free 16-year-old Nermeen Mitry.

In a statement released by the Free-Copts Organization, Mitry said she was drugged by a Muslim friend and kidnapped on May 21. When she awoke, she was in a house in Zagazig, a city in the eastern Nile Delta, and a bearded Muslim man was allegedly trying to convert her to Islam. He was later found to be Essam Abu Deiof Hamoud, a relative of the girl who allegedly drugged Mitry.

"The man was very confident and told me that I would be the fourth Coptic girl to 'know the true Allah' and convert to Islam through him."

FAMILY CONVERSION?

He also said "that a member of my family was converted 15 years ago by him," Mitry added. "I told him I am engaged to be married when I come of age, and would never convert to Islam as this would be a catastrophe for me. He did his best to make me change my mind, and then left me alone for a while."

She was apparently rescued soon after, prompting Muslims to attack Copts, Egyptian Christians said.

Some 150 Muslims allegedly attacked five of Mitry's family members as they drove home to their village following her rescue. Police reportedly detained 14 Muslims and 11 Copts. Most of them were released, but two Muslims and two "randomly" selected Copts remained detained, Copts said.

There names were not immediately released, but locals told reporters that they believe the detainees would be held for at least 45 days by security forces. ... http://www.worthynews.com/5971-egypt-christians-detained-after-rescue-kidnapped-coptic-girl

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