Middle East

Alaa Abdel-Fattah: Jailed British-Egyptian activist ends hunger strike

The family of British-Egyptian writer Alaa Abd El-Fattah, who has been unlawfully jailed in Egypt, say he has ended his hunger strike.

The pro-democracy activist has spent much of the last decade behind bars in the Middle Eastern country. He is currently serving a five-year sentence after being convicted on charges of spreading false news after he shared social media posts about dire prison conditions.

In a statement, the family said that Mr Abdel-Fattah’s mother, Laila Soueif, received a letter in her son’s handwriting via prison authorities.

In the letter, headed with Monday’s date, the jailed activists asks his mother to come for her monthly visit to him in prison on Thursday.

“I’ve broken my strike. I’ll explain everything on Thursday,” the letter read.

The circumstances under which he wrote the letter were not clear. The activist had previously said he was willing to die in his strike if not freed.

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