Update: Gunmen Release AP Photographer in Gaza

UPDATE:Tom Curley, President and CEO of The Associated Press, released the following statement regarding Emilio Morenatti,The Associated Press is relieved that Emilio has been released, apparently unharmed. The security of our journalists is always our top concern. We appreciate the assistance offered by so many people in obtaining his release, especially the Palestinian Authority and the office of the foreign minister of Spain.

UPDATE:

Tom Curley, President and CEO of The Associated Press, released the following statement regarding Emilio Morenatti, who was abducted by Palestinian gunmen in the Gaza Strip earlier Tuesday:

"The Associated Press is relieved that Emilio has been released, apparently unharmed. The security of our journalists is always our top concern. We appreciate the assistance offered by so many people in obtaining his release, especially the Palestinian Authority and the office of the foreign minister of Spain. It is crucial, however, that journalists such as Emilio be able to freely report the news in areas of conflict. We will be investigating what happened to assure that he and others can continue their important work."

Our original story after the jump.