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Family of imprisoned Egyptian activist says he’s ended hunger strike

Egypt's leading pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah speaks during a conference at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, September 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Egypt's leading pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah speaks during a conference at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, September 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

CAIRO, Egypt — The family of imprisoned Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah says they received a letter from him today that he has ended his hunger strike

The family says in a statement that Abdel-Fattah’s mother, Laila Soueif, received a short note from the political activist via the prison authorities in her son’s handwriting. The letter is dated yesterday. In it, he asks her to visit him in prison on Thursday.

“I’ve broken my strike. I’ll explain everything on Thursday,” the letter reads.

The news comes a day after the renowned dissident announced the end of his water strike via a similar handwritten letter delivered to the family. The prison authorities began a medical intervention on the hunger striker last Thursday after he escalated his partial hunger strike to include water on November 6, the first day of Egypt’s hosting of the international climate summit, to pressure authorities for his release.

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