Gaza City, Jan 07: AFP photographer Jaime Razuri
remained missing in Gaza on Sunday, seven days after he was
kidnapped by gunmen in the volatile coastal strip.
Palestinian security sources said today that it appeared
one of Gaza's powerful clans was holding the 50-year-old
Peruvian national in Gaza city.
Razuri was snatched by four gunmen outside the global
news agency's offices in Gaza city on January 1 and since
then, no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction
or issued any demands.
Previously Palestinian security sources had reported some
progress in their investigation into the kidnapping, but did
not provide details for fear of compromising their inquiry.
Both Peru and France have condemned the abduction, and
diplomatic efforts -- led by Peruvian Deputy Foreign Minister
Gonzalo Gutierrez and backed by French diplomats -- were under
way to secure Razuri's release.
The International Committee of the Red Cross yesterday
offered to act as a go-between to pass any medicine or
messages to Razuri.
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and the Hamas-led
government have criticised his kidnapping, saying it harmed
Palestinian interests, and both pledged to do everything
possible to find Razuri and secure his release.
Razuri has covered stories for AFP in Latin America, the
Middle East and Europe, including a three-month stint in Iraq
Abductions of foreigners have been fairly common in the
impoverished territory, with 20 such cases over the past year.