Terrorism Video Plea

Video Plea A hostage is reported gravely ill

"You all know that our fellow Alann Steen is dying." The speaker on the videotape was Jesse Turner, one of four Beirut University instructors taken hostage in January by a pro-Iranian Shi'ite faction known as the Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine. He was referring to a communique from the group earlier last week announcing that Steen, another of the four, was gravely ill. A doctor who had examined Steen, said Turner, reported that he was suffering a "crisis in his blood pressure," with symptoms that included headaches and difficulty in breathing. The original message warned that the captive's condition...

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