Alaa Abd el-Fattah drank water, according to his relatives, providing "proof of life."

 Alaa Abd el-Fattah drank water, according to his relatives, providing "proof of life."

As the Egyptian British activist's hunger strike continues, there is rising concern for his health.

Alaa Abd el-Fattah, an Egyptian-British activist who has been imprisoned and has gone on a hunger strike, has reportedly resumed drinking water, according to his relatives.

It's a huge weight off my shoulders. Sanaa Seif, Alaa's sister, made the announcement on Twitter on Monday, writing, "We just got a note from prison to my mother, Alaa is alive, he says he's drinking water again as of November 12th."



The 40-year-old Abd el-Fattah is widely recognized as one of Egypt's most influential advocates for democracy. The most of the last decade has been spent by him incarcerated in a Cairo jail.

Two years after now-President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi launched a coup against democratically elected successor Mohamed Morsi, he was found guilty of breaking protest legislation and given a five-year prison sentence in 2015.

Because Abd el-Fattah has begun a hunger strike to protest his years-long arrest by Egyptian authorities on charges of spreading disinformation, his fate has become a source of increasing concern. To the cause of other political prisoners, he has also brought attention.

Abd el-Fattah declared he had stopped drinking water as he escalated his protest as world leaders gathered this month in Egypt for the COP27 climate meeting in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. As a result, many people hoped he wouldn't perish in prison.

His backers have said that he will soon be dead or free.

The inmates were allowed to write him once a week, and he wrote home to update them on his condition.

Abd el-Fattah informed them in a letter that he would begin a hunger strike on November 1 and that he would abstain from drinking water beginning on November 6 in protest of the upcoming international climate conference.

The letter he sent his family on Monday was the first one they'd had since he stopped drinking water.

On Thursday, after Abd el-family Fattah's reported that they had been notified that medical intervention had been taken to maintain his health, the public prosecutor proclaimed that el-Fattah was in good health.

El-government Sisi's consistently suppresses criticism, locking up thousands of opponents in prison and outlawing demonstrations.

It wasn't until March of 2019 that Abd el-Fattah was granted probation and released from prison. Six months later, though, he was detained again, this time for distributing false news, and given another five-year sentence in December 2021.

Rights groups have stated that Abd el-continuing Fattah's detention is retaliation for his role in leading the 2011 revolt that toppled Mubarak, and that his trial was unfair.

SOURCE:NEWS AGENCIES

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