Alaa Abd el-Fattah has ended starvation strike, sister says | Egypt

Alaa Abd el-Fattah, the British-Egyptian democracy activist jailed in Egypt, has advised his household in a letter that he has ended his six-month-long starvation strike, which he started in protest in opposition to his detention situations.

“I’ve damaged my strike. I’ll clarify all the pieces on Thursday,” he advised them, in reference to his month-to-month household jail visits to the Wadi el-Natrun desert jail the place he’s being held. The democracy activist was sentenced to an additional 5 years in jail final 12 months for sharing a social media put up about torture, shortly after gaining British citizenship by way of his mom.

We simply bought this letter. Alaa has damaged his starvation strike. I don’t know what’s occurring inside, however our household go to is scheduled for Thursday and he’s saying to convey a cake to have fun his birthday. #FreeAlaa

— Sanaa (@sana2) November 15, 2022

Abd el-Fattah, a figurehead of Egypt’s 2011 revolution who has spent many of the previous decade behind bars, started a partial starvation strike in April in protest at his detention situations, spending greater than six months consuming solely 100 energy a day. In line with his household, his well being has deteriorated markedly.

He escalated his strike to stop consuming water on the day the Cop27 local weather convention started in Sharm el-Sheikh, and advised his household repeatedly beforehand that he anticipated to die in jail.

The information that Abd el-Fattah had damaged his strike got here after Egyptian public prosecutors mentioned the activist had acquired a “medical intervention” final week, with out specifying additional.

In a letter to his household written final Saturday, Abd el-Fattah offered the primary proof of life his household had acquired in two weeks, telling them that he had resumed consuming water.

“From at this time I’m consuming water once more so you’ll be able to cease worrying till you see me your self. Very important indicators at this time are OK. I’m measuring often and receiving medical consideration,” he advised them.

Abd el-Fattah is because of mark his forty first birthday on Friday. “The essential factor is I need to have fun my birthday with you on Thursday, I haven’t celebrated for a very long time, and need to have fun with my cellmates so convey a cake, regular provisions,” he advised his household in his newest letter. His communications are closely monitored by jail authorities.

Prisoners in Egypt’s sprawling detention system, which homes at the least 65,000 political prisoners, usually require their households to offer meals and different fundamental objects to maintain them.

“I really feel cautiously relieved now figuring out that at the least he’s not on starvation strike however my coronary heart received’t actually be settled till Thursday, when my mom and sister see him with their very own eyes,” mentioned Mona Seif, Abd el-Fattah’s sister.

His lawyer, Khaled Ali, has made three unsuccessful makes an attempt to go to his consumer on the jail, regardless of having gained permission to take action from Egypt’s public prosecutor. Ali’s go to was supposed to offer updates about Abd el-Fattah’s wellbeing and standing, together with what motivated him to start consuming water and to start consuming, and whether or not he had been subjected to remedies with out his consent.

“At this level the household don’t have any additional details about what has occurred inside jail or what’s informing Alaa’s resolution,” Abd el-Fattah’s household mentioned in an announcement.

One other sister, Sanaa Seif, who attended Cop27 to marketing campaign for her brother’s freedom and demand freedom for different political prisoners, is because of go to Wadi el-Natrun on Thursday.

“We’re counting down the times till Thursday now to seek out out what’s been occurring inside jail with Alaa,” she mentioned.