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Egyptian-British activist breaks hunger strike

November 15, 2022 at 3:54 pm

Alaa Abdelfattah [Twitter]

Detained Egyptian-British activist, Alaa Abdelfattah, has told his family he has broken his hunger strike, his sister, Sanaa Seif said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

“I’ve broken my strike. I’ll explain everything on Thursday,” Abdelfattah said in a letter dated on Monday, which Seif posted on Twitter.

The blogger and activist, who was on hunger strike in protest against his detention and prison conditions for more than 220 days, had escalated his protest by saying he would stop drinking water at the start of the COP27 climate summit, which opened in Egypt last week.

On Monday, his sister said he had told the family he had resumed drinking water in a message which she said was the first sign of life for days.

Abdelfattah’s strike has overshadowed the United Nations climate talks in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, where several leaders have raised the case with Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, including US President, Joe Biden.

In Tuesday’s letter, Alaa said he hoped to see his family later this week. “The important thing is I want to celebrate my birthday with you on Thursday … so bring a cake, normal provisions,” according to the letter.

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