Egypt “made a medical intervention” to keep the hunger striker alive. POLITICO:
Egyptian prison authorities intervened to keep hunger-striking activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah alive, his cousin told POLITICO. The family was notified of the intervention at 12:30 CET.
“About an hour ago, a prison officer told his mother that they had performed a medical procedure,” said Omar Hamilton, who is the editor of El-Fattah’s book.
Hamilton said El-Fattah’s attorney has been granted access to the inmate, though the visit has not yet taken place. The news comes after the family did not know if El-Fattah was still alive.
El-Fattah, who has been on hunger strike since April, stopped drinking water on Sunday, the day the UN COP27 climate talks began.
US President Joe Biden is set to visit the talks tomorrow and has said he will join the leaders of France, Germany and Britain to discuss El-Fatah’s detention with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
“It all depends on what [Biden] does or doesn’t do in the three hours he’s there,” Hamilton said.
Egypt’s repressive government has found itself in the spotlight while handling climate talks.
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