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Israel says it gagged reports captive Sotloff was its citizen

JERUSALEM: Israel said on Thursday it had prevented local media from reporting that slain U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff was also an Israeli citizen, in a bid to reduce the risk to him after he was seized by Islamist insurgents in Syria last year.
Islamic State, a militant group which has overrun large areas of Syria and Iraq, released a video this week of Sotloff being beheaded, calling the execution retaliation for U.S. air strikes. His Israeli dual nationality was made public after the White House authenticated the footage. Sotloff, who was Jewish, immigrated in 2005 to Israel. Its government became aware “at an early stage” of his captivity that he was Israeli, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. “The censors issued a gag order against reporting that he was an Israeli citizen. We are also in close touch with the United States on this entire matter, both ISIS (Islamic State) and the journalist Sotloff,” he told Israel’s Channel 10 TV. 

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