Italian Peace Activist Kidnapped

An Italian peace activist was kidnapped in Gaza on Thursday, The Lede said. The activist, Vittorio Arrigoni, was threatened to by killed by Islamist militants in a video posted online on Thursday. Arrigoni was blindfolded in the video which also displayed a text warning that said the militants plan to execute him unless the Hamas government, which is a fundamentalist Islamic group, released prisoners of their jihadist movements. The Hamas government has controlled Gaza since 2007, English.news.cn said. They demanded that they be released by Friday afternoon. Arrigoni, who is a journalist and human rights defender working in the Gaza Strip, has worked for more than two years in support of the Palestinian cause in Gaza. The group that is holding Arrigoni claims to be in affiliation with Al Qaeda. For the past two and a half years, Arrigoni has been monitoring human rights violations by Israel, supporting the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation. The Hamas government said to be "working hard to secure his release." A group on Facebook demanded for Arriongi's release and Twitter feeds have gotten #FreeVittorio trending.

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