British journalist detained in Gaza named

Monday 15 February 2010 09:13

A Briton detained in Gaza was identified by the British consulate in Jerusalem today.

Officials named him as freelance journalist Paul Martin and said they understood he was also a documentary film-maker.

A spokeswoman for the consulate said the British Government was "very concerned" and had been in touch with Martin's family.

A Palestinian militant group said Martin was arrested yesterday at a Gaza courthouse where he had gone to show support for a militant accused of collaborating with Israel.

The spokesman said Martin was ordered to be held for two weeks.

Hamas police spokesman Ehab Ghussein identified the man as a journalist and said he was suspected of endangering state security.

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