Egyptian protester in prison participating in a “water strike” while UK PM pledges support.


Alaa Abd el-Fattah, an Egyptian activist who is currently imprisoned, has reportedly stopped drinking water, according to his family. Rishi Sunak, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, said he will bring up Abd el-situation Fattah’s with Cairo during the COP27 climate summit, which began on Sunday.

Abd el-Fattah, a key participant in the 2011 uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from office, is currently serving a five-year term on accusations of “spreading fake news” after spending the most of the previous decade in prison.

After a seven-month hunger strike during which he consumed only “100 calories a day”, he has refused food altogether since Tuesday, and on Sunday launched a “water strike”, his sister Sanaa Seif said in a statement.

On Saturday, Sunak told Seif in a letter that the UK would use the summit to lobby for her brother’s release.

In the letter, which was posted by his family on social media, Sunak wrote that the case remained a priority for the British government and had been raised with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi several times.


“I will continue to stress to President Sisi the importance that we attach to the swift resolution of Alaa’s case and an end to his unacceptable treatment,” Sunak wrote.

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