Hunger striker's sister flies in to Egypt COP27 to campaign for his release

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[1/2] Sanaa Seif, sister of jailed Egyptian activistic Alaa Abdel Fattah, speaks to Reuters upon her accomplishment to property for his merchandise during COP27, astatine the Red Sea edifice successful Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, November 7, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 7 (Reuters) - The sister of Egyptian-British hunger striker Alaa Abd el-Fattah landed successful Sharm el-Sheikh connected Monday to run for his merchandise arsenic British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and different satellite leaders flew successful for the COP27 clime summit.

Sunak has said helium volition rise Abd el-Fattah's lawsuit with Egypt's leadership. Abd el-Fattah had informed his household that helium would halt drinking h2o connected Sunday successful an escalation of his protest.

"I'm present to bash my champion to effort and shed airy connected my brother's lawsuit and to prevention him," said Sanaa Seif, Abd el-Fattah's sister, aft arriving successful Sharm el-Sheikh successful the aboriginal hours of Monday.

"I'm truly worried. I'm present to enactment unit connected each leaders coming, particularly Prime Minister Rishi Sunak," said Seif, who had precocious been starring a sit-in extracurricular the British Foreign Office successful London.

Abd el-Fattah roseate to prominence with Egypt's 2011 uprising but has been detained for astir of the play since. Sentenced astir precocious successful December 2021 to 5 years connected charges of spreading mendacious news, helium has been connected hunger strike for 220 days against his detention and situation conditions.

Egyptian officials person not responded to Reuters' telephone calls for remark connected Abd el-Fattah's case, but person said antecedently that helium was receiving meals and was moved to a situation with amended conditions earlier this year.

Abd el-Fattah's household said helium was lone consuming minimal calories and immoderate fibre to prolong himself earlier successful the year. After household visits successful October, Sanaa Seif said: "He looks precise weak, he's fading distant slowly, helium looks similar a skeleton."

Some rights campaigners person criticised the determination for Egypt to big COP27, citing a agelong crackdown connected governmental dissent successful which rights groups accidental tens of thousands person been detained and raising concern implicit entree and abstraction for protests astatine the talks.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said information measures were needed to stabilise Egypt aft the country's 2011 uprising. Egypt is hoping to rise its diplomatic profile by hosting the United Nations clime talks.

Reporting by Jehad Abu Shalbak; Writing by Aidan Lewis, Editing by Frank Jack Daniel

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