Egypt s activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah
Abdel-Fattah, a well-known blogger and activist currently serving five years in prison for spreading false news, said he broke a hunger strike which he started in April and that he was feeling well.
He even asked his mother and family, who will be visiting him on Thursday, to bring along a birthday cake to celebrate his birthday which falls on 18 November.
His sister, the London based activist Mona Seif, said that this was the first time in three years in which Alaa expresses a desire to celebrate his birthday with his family.
Alaa Abdel-Fattah had announced that he ended his days-long water strike on Saturday in a letter sent to his family on Monday.
Abdel-Fattah’s family reported earlier that the activist had stepped up his seven-month hunger strike by going also on a water strike that began 6 November in tandem with the beginning of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27).
Over the past few days, Abdel-Fattah’s family has expressed concerns over his health condition after they said that he had gone on both a hunger and a water strike.
However, the Egyptian Public Prosecution said in a statement on Thursday that a medical examination of Abdel-Fattah has shown normal results, which indicate that reports of his hunger and water strike are “questionable.”
The statement added that Abdel-Fattah is in good health and that his condition does not merit admittance to a medical facility.
There have been international demands for Egypt to release Abdel-Fattah.
Last Tuesday, Egypt's mission to the UN in Geneva rejected a statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk demanding Abdel-Fattah’s immediate release on the grounds that his life “is in imminent danger.”
The mission said that the UN commissioner's statement deliberately undermines the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law as an indispensable cornerstone for the protection and promotion of human rights, and that describing a judicial decision as "unfair" was an unacceptable insult.
On Friday, the family of the jailed activist appealed to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to pardon him.
This handout file photo obtained from the family of imprisoned British-Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah reportedly shows a letter penned by him in his own handwriting dated to November 12, 2022 in prison in Egypt's capital Cairo