Family of British-Egyptian hunger striker say they received ‘proof of life’ letter

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: British-Egyptian hunger striker Alaa Abd el-Fattah poses for a photo in an unknown location, in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters on Nov. 2022. Courtesy of Omar Robert Hamilton / Documentary broadcast via REUTERS

CAIRO (Reuters) – The sister of British-Egyptian activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah said on Monday that the family had received a letter from the prison that was deemed “proof of life” by the man. hunger-strike.

Abd el-Fattah, who has been on a hunger strike protesting his detention and prison conditions for more than 220 days, said he is escalating his protests by stopping drinking water on November 6, the opening day of the conference. COP27 climate summit in Egypt.

Since then, his family and lawyers have repeatedly visited the prison where he is being held in northwest Cairo, but have received no word of his condition.

“Alaa is still alive, he said he has been drinking again since November 12,” Sanaa Seif wrote on Twitter. “It’s definitely his handwriting. It’s finally proof of life.”

Abd el-Fattah’s strike overshadowed UN climate talks at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where some leaders raised the issue with the Egyptian President. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, including US President Joe Biden.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said after Friday’s meeting that Washington was doing everything it could to secure Abd el-Fattah’s freedom “as well as the release of several other political prisoners” in Egypt. Egypt.

Since he obtained British citizenship in December, British officials have tried to secure consular access to Abd el-Fattah without success. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly on Monday said the government would keep trying.

Khaled Ali, Abd el-Fattah’s lawyer, said he was in prison with his mother, Laila Soueif, and was waiting for prison authorities to allow him to visit.

Since 2013, when then-military chief Sisi overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, there has been a sweeping crackdown on dissidents that has swept sweeps liberals and leftists, as well as Muslims. Human rights groups say tens of thousands of people have been jailed.

Sisi, who became president in 2014, says security and stability are paramount and denies having political prisoners in Egypt.

Egyptian prosecutors on Thursday said Abd el-Fattah was in good health, after his family said they were informed that medical intervention had been carried out to maintain his health.

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