CNN Producer Released

CNN Producer Kidnapped Journalist kidnapped in Gaza Strip is released

A CNN producer kidnapped in the Gaza Strip has reportedly been released. The father of Riad Ali  told a group of reporters his son had been freed -- nearly 24 hours after he was abducted from a CNN van at gunpoint. CNN confirmed the producer's release and said the Arab-Israeli journalist has been turned over to Palestinian police.

It's not clear whether the kidnapping signaled a new strategy by Palestinian militants -- or whether Ali was taken for personal reasons.