Egyptian authorities intervene to maintain the health of hunger strikers’ families

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 10 (Reuters) – The family of Egyptian-British hunger striker Alaa Abd el-Fattah said on Thursday they had been told by prison authorities that medical intervention had been carried out to maintain his health.

“They said medical procedures were implemented to maintain his health and that legal entities were informed,” his mother, Laila Soueif, told Reuters by telephone.

“No one has officially notified us of any action taken”

Abd el-Fattah, a prominent activist and blogger, was sentenced to five years in December 2021 on charges of spreading fake news and has been on hunger strike since April 2 against his detention and prison conditions.

In an escalation that coincided with the arrival of world leaders in Egypt for the COP27 climate conference, he informed his family that he would stop drinking water on Sunday.

“They say he is still in prison,” said Soueif. “They refused to let me wait outside the prison, refused to receive any letters from me.”

Reporting by Farah Saafan, writing by William James; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Angus MacSwan

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