In pictures: Alan Johnston release

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BBC Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston has been freed, almost four months after he was seized by the Army of Islam group in the Gaza Strip.
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Mr Johnston, 45, pictured here with Ismail Haniya of Hamas, was handed over to armed men in Gaza City early on Wednesday.
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Support for Mr Johnston came from all over the world. After his release, he said he had been comforted by radio reports he had heard about the demonstrations.
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In the first of a series of news conferences, Mr Johnston said he had “dreamt many times of being free” and said he was delighted the “terrifying” ordeal was over.
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Mr Johnston’s father Graham said he and his family were “absolutely overjoyed” at Alan’s release. He described the last 114 days as “a living nightmare”.
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Mr Haniya said that securing Alan’s release had been “a first priority” for Hamas, and he described the BBC reporter as “the friend of the Palestinian people”.
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Meanwhile, friends and colleagues of Mr Johnston working in the BBC bureau in Jerusalem celebrated his release.
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Mr Johnston said: “It was like being buried alive. I felt removed from the world. It was occasionally terrifying, being held by people who were dangerous and unpredictable.”
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Alan Johnston is now at the British Consulate in Jerusalem. He said he was looking forward to being reunited with his family.
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Source: BBC NEWS

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