Egyptian-British starvation striker’s household say they obtained ‘proof of life’ letter By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Egyptian-British starvation striker Alaa Abd el-Fattah poses for a photograph in unknown location, on this undated handout picture obtained by Reuters on November 8, 2022. Courtesy of Omar Robert Hamilton/Handout through REUTERS

CAIRO (Reuters) -The sister of Egyptian-British activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah stated on Monday the household had obtained a letter from jail that served as “proof of life” from the starvation striker.

Abd el-Fattah, who has been on starvation strike in opposition to his detention and jail situations for greater than 220 days, had stated he was escalating his protest by ceasing to drink water on Nov. 6, the opening day of the COP27 local weather summit in Egypt.

Since then his household and his lawyer had made repeated journeys to the jail the place he’s detained northwest of Cairo, however had obtained no information on his situation.

“Alaa is alive, he says he is consuming water once more as of November twelfth,” Sanaa Seif stated on Twitter. “It is positively his handwriting. Proof of life, eventually.”

Abd el-Fattah’s strike has overshadowed United Nations local weather talks within the Crimson Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the place a number of leaders have raised the case with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi together with U.S. President Joe Biden.

U.S. Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan stated after the assembly on Friday that Washington was doing every part it may to safe Abd el-Fattah’s freedom “in addition to the discharge of a lot of different political prisoners” in Egypt.

Since he obtained British citizenship in December, British officers have sought unsuccessfully to safe consular entry to Abd el-Fattah. British overseas minister James Cleverly stated on Monday the federal government would hold making an attempt.

Abd el-Fattah’s lawyer Khaled Ali stated he was on the jail alongside together with his mom Laila Soueif, and was ready for jail authorities to permit him to go to.

Since 2013, when then-army chief Sisi ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, there was a far-reaching crackdown on political dissent that has swept up liberals and leftists, in addition to Islamists. Human rights teams say tens of 1000’s have been jailed.

Sisi, who turned president in 2014, says safety and stability are paramount and denies there are political prisoners in Egypt.

Egypt’s public prosecutor stated on Thursday Abd el-Fattah was in good well being, after the household stated they have been knowledgeable that medical intervention had been carried out to take care of his well being.

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