Relatives and friends of British hostage John McCarthy marked his 34th birthday by addressing messages of support to the captive via a Lebanese newspaper, widely distributed in mainly-Moslem areas.

The daily newspaper As-Safir Tuesday published a list of brief statements by friends of McCarthy and his fiancee, Jill Morrel, who have relentlessly campaigned to win his freedom."See you for Christmas, so hurry it up," said a friend of McCarthy.

McCarthy was en route to Beirut airport April 17, 1986, after completing a 32-day assignment in Lebanon with Worldwide Television News when he was snatched by gunmen.