Egypt prisoner denied cancer treatment starts hunger strike

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An Egyptian political prisoner is on an open-ended hunger strike after being denied treatment for cancerous tumours in his body. Thirty-one-year-old Wahid Hassan is imprisoned in the Abu Kabir police station in Sharqiya province in northeastern Egypt. He began his hunger strike last week, according tothe Egyptian Network for Human Rights, after authorities refused to release him or transfer him to Egypt’s only treatment centre for cancerous tumours in Cairo. Hassan was first detained in December 2016 and imprisoned in the notorious Aqrab (‘Scorpion’) Prison, where he contracted a rare bone tum…

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