• Kyodo


The Israeli government said Wednesday it will expel a Japanese activist who was detained over the weekend along with seven other foreigners.

Makoto Hibino, 35, a member of an international group involved in helping Palestinians, was detained Saturday at the Balata refugee camp in the Palestinian-ruled West Bank town of Nablus.

Hibino said he will file an objection, as the Israeli military has no right under international law to detain him inside Palestinian territory.

He has also asked the Japanese government to lodge a protest with Israel.

According to Japanese Embassy officials, Israeli security forces detained the eight after they ignored orders to leave a military zone.

Hibino said the members of his group were seized by the Israeli military while they were helping to get injured Palestinians in the refugee camp to a hospital.

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