An official denied on Wednesday media reports about the deteriorating health of imprisoned activist Esraa Abdel-Fattah.
Abdel-Fattah was arrested in mid-October and has since been detained in the Qanater Prison for women pending investigations into charges of spreading fake news, membership in a banned group, and abuse of social media networks.
On Monday, her leftist lawyer Khaled Ali, said on Facebook that "Abdel-Fattah was transferred to the prison's hospital after her health conditions deteriorated as she began a hunger strike on 8 December 2019."
According to Ali, Abdel-Fattah is among nine female prisoners who went on a hunger strike "in protest against ill-treatment" at the prison, including lawyer Sahar Ali and journalist Soulafa Magdy.
But on Wednesday an official source denied that Abdel-Fattah's health had deteriorated or that she was transferred to the prison's hospital.
"This news is completely untrue," he said.