U.N. warns Egypt hunger striker's life in danger

STORY: Abd el-Fattah, a prominent activist and blogger, was sentenced in December 2021 to five years on charges of spreading false news and has been on a hunger strike for 220 days against his detention and prison conditions.

He informed his family that he would stop drinking water on Sunday (November 6) in an escalation of his protest. His mother says she did not receive the usual letter from him when she visited on Monday (November 7).

The escalation of his protest coincides with the COP27 climate summit, the United Nation's annual gathering of world leaders to discuss global warming being held this year in Egypt.

Shamdasani said Turk had personally spoken with Egyptian authorities to appeal for Abd el-Fattah's release, most recently on Friday (November 4).

Asked about the case, Egyptian Foreign Minister and COP27 President Sameh Shoukry told CNBC that prison authorities would provide Abd el-Fattah with healthcare. Egyptian officials have not responded to Reuters phone calls for comment on Abd el-Fattah. They said previously that he was receiving meals.