Concern for Health of 2 Political Prisoners in Egypt

Two young Egyptians detained last year during the military-backed government’s deadly crackdown on dissent face serious threats to their health after more than 100 days on hunger strike, according to medical reports made public in recent days.

Both Mohamed Soltan, a 26-year-old graduate of Ohio State University, and Abdullah Elshamy, a journalist for Al Jazeera, were in Rabaa al-Adaweya Square in Cairo last August when it was cleared in a bloody assault by the security forces. Mr. Soltan, who has dual American and Egyptian citizenship and whose Egyptian father belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, was shot in the arm as he documented the raid on Twitter. Mr. Elshamy, a correspondent for the Qatari network that gave sympathetic coverage to Egypt’s deposed Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, was detained the same day and has been held without charge ever since.

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