Families of imprisoned army officers announced yesterday that their sons had started an open hunger strike for several days, in protest at what they described as "ill-treatment they are experiencing."
They told Arabi21 that some of the prisoners' health conditions were "deteriorating", calling for solidarity with their sons and for "releasing them."
"We, the families of army officers detained in fabricated political cases for more than seven years, call upon the international community to intervene to save our children from the prison's intransigent chief, Khaled Sultan," they said.
The families pointed out that the prison chief had deprived the prisoners from "exercising, food and sedative medications."
"The prison commander is the son of a former disreputable military lieutenant," they noted.