The Fox News journalist being held captive by an extremist Islamist group in the Gaza Strip is a gentle person who shunned the spotlight in the ego-driven world of television news, while a key strength of his fellow hostage is compassion, family members and colleagues say.
Those who know the pair also say they know the resilience of the men who were shown sitting cross-legged and barefoot on the floor in a video released Wednesday by the previously unknown group.
A group calling itself the Holy Jihad Brigades demanded that Muslim prisoners in US jails be released within 72 hours in exchange for reporter Steve Centanni, 60, and cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36. It was the first footage of the two since they were kidnapped Aug. 14 in Gaza City.
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