By Al Jazeera

The family of Egypt’s jailed dissident Alaa Abd el-Fattah have said that they have been told by prison authorities that the activist is “under medical intervention”, potentially meaning that he has been force-fed.

Family members have repeatedly demanded information on the health of Abd el-Fattah, who holds both Egyptian and British citizenship, in recent days after he escalated his months-long hunger strike to include abstaining from water.


On Thursday, hundreds of COP27 participants, dressed in white like Egyptian prisoners, chanted “Free him!” and “no climate justice without human rights!”

Others shouted “Free them all!” in reference to the 60,000 political detainees that rights groups say are incarcerated in the country, many of them in brutal conditions and overcrowded cells – accusations that Cairo rejects.

“We are carrying out this action to draw attention to those who are invisible, hidden behind high walls, incarcerated in the country hosting COP27 – and all over the world,” said George Galvis, one of the organisers.

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