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Hamas frees British journalist

Paul Martin was detained in Gaza on February 14

The Home Office has announced that British journalist Paul Martin has been released without charge. Martin had been held by Hamas in Gaza after the Palestinian Islamist movement accused him of being a security threat.

Martin was arrested on February 14, when he appeared in a Gaza court. He was due to give evidence on behalf of a Palestinian militant charged with collaborating with Israel. However, Hamas had alleged that the freelance journalist was "working on defaming the image of the Palestinian people by saying that they smuggle weapons through tunnels".

Martin's lawyer called the accusations "ridiculous", and the journalist has maintained his innocence throughout. His release, he said, was a "great victory for the rights of journalists".

He is currently recovering in Jerusalem, and expected to fly home within the next few days.