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Slain US journalist Sotloff also had Israeli citizenship: Official

Published on Sep 3, 2014 6:28 PM
 

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Mr Steven Sotloff, a United States journalist beheaded by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, also held Israeli citizenship, Israel said on Wednesday after apparently withholding the information in a bid to stem the risks to the captive.

"Cleared for publication: Steven Sotloff was #Israel citizen RIP," tweeted Mr Paul Hirschson, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.

ISIS, an insurgent group active in Syria and Iraq, on Tuesday published footage of Mr Sotloff's execution, which it called retaliation for US air strikes. The video was authenticated by the White House on Wednesday.

Mr Sotloff's death was extensively covered by the Israeli media, which identified the 31-year-old reporter as Jewish and an occasional contributor having withheld such observations since ISIS announced he could be killed two weeks ago. "We refused to acknowledge any relationship with him in case it was dangerous for him," said Mr Avi Hoffman, editor of the Jerusalem Report magazine, which had published Mr Sotloff's work.

A video purportedly showing US journalist Steven Sotloff kneeling next to a masked Islamic State fighter holding a knife in a video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Sept 2, 2014. Mr Sotloff, who was beheaded by ISIS militants, also held Israeli citizenship, Israel said on Wednesday, Sept 3, after apparently withholding the information in a bid to stem the risks to the captive. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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