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Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti was the 11th journalist kidnapped in the Gaza Strip since 2004. Two other attempts failed.

• Oct. 24, 2006: Morenatti is abducted in Gaza City and held for 15 hours.

• Aug. 14, 2006: Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig of Fox News are kidnapped in Gaza City. They are released on Aug. 27.

• March 13, 2006: Yong Tae-young, a correspondent for Korean TV, is held for a day along with two aid workers.

• Oct. 12, 2005: Knight-Ridder Inc. reporter Dion Nissenbaum, an American, and British photographer Adam Pletts are held for several hours in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis.

• Sept. 19, 2005: Associated Press Television photographer Nicky De Blois escapes a kidnapping attempt in Gaza City with the help of a Palestinian colleague.

• Sept. 10, 2005: Italian journalist Lorenzo Cremonesi of Corriere della Sera newspaper is held for four hours in Gaza.

• Aug. 14, 2005: French TV reporter Mohamed Ouathi is kidnapped in Gaza City; he is set free Aug. 21.

• Jan. 8, 2005: Spanish journalists Ramon Lobo and Carmen Secanella from El Pais are held for an hour and a half in the Khan Younis refugee camp.

• Sept. 27, 2004: CNN producer Riad Ali is held for one day in Gaza City.

• May 20, 2004: New York Times correspondent James Bennet escapes a kidnapping attempt in Gaza City.

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