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Egyptian activists worsen since hunger strike

CAIRO (AP) — The family of imprisoned Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah said they saw him Thursday and his condition “seriously deteriorated.”

After Abdul Fattah’s mother, aunt and his other sister visited the prison, Abdul Fattah’s sister Mona Saif tweeted that Abdul Fattah News of Taher’s condition. It was the first time they had seen him in almost a month.

Abdel Fattah is one of Egypt’s most prominent pro-democracy activists. At the start of the UN climate conference in Egypt in early November, the detained activist stepped up his hunger strike and stopped all calories and water intake to draw attention to his and other political prisoners’ cases.

Concerns about his health have intensified as family members are barred from seeing him. Prison authorities began unspecified medical interventions against Abdul-Fattah last Thursday – leading to the notion that he was force-fed.

Then earlier this week, Abdul-Fattah notified his family in a handwritten note that he first started drinking water and then also ended his hunger strike.

Abdel-Fattah’s mother, Laila Soueif, received two text messages written by her son through prison authorities on Monday and Tuesday.

The first letter confirming that Abdel-Fattah had resumed drinking water was dated Saturday, while the second letter confirming that he had ended his hunger strike was dated Monday.

Abdel-Fattah, who turns 41 on Friday, has spent most of the past decade behind bars for his criticism of Egypt’s rulers. He was sentenced to five years in prison last year for sharing a Facebook post about an inmate who died in prison in 2019.

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