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Hamas will hold British journalist longer

(JTA) — Hamas says it will hold a British freelance journalist for another 15 days.

Paul Martin was arrested Feb. 14 when he arrived at a Gaza City courthouse to testify on behalf of a Hamas operative accused of collaborating with Israel.

Martin was arrested and accused of breaking Palestinian law and violating Gaza security. He has not been charged; Hamas says it will continue to investigate the charges.

Martin has filed freelance reports for the BBC, Al Jazeera International, CNN and Britain’s Channel 4 News.

British authorities have not been permitted to meet with Martin. He reportedly is being held without access to newspapers, radio or writing materials.

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