Canadians held in Egypt end hunger strike

AFP , Thursday 3 Oct 2013

John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, Canadians detained in Egypt since August, end hunger strike after gaining considerable publicity and winning minimal concessions from jail administrators

 John Greyson, and Tarek Loubani
Canadian filmmaker, John Greyson, and emergency room physician, Tarek Loubani (Photo: ctvnews)

Two Canadians held in Egypt since mid-August have ended their hunger strike after winning small concessions from their jailers, a relative of one of the men said Thursday.

John Greyson is a Toronto filmmaker and university professor, while Tarek Loubani is an emergency room doctor from London, Ontario.

They were detained in mid-August soon after trying to enter Gaza, where Greyson was scouting for a documentary and Loubani planned to help train local doctors. They were turned back at the Gaza border and later arrested after a protest in Cairo.

The two began a hunger strike on September 16, one month after their arrest, "to call attention to their unjust and arbitrary detention," said a statement issued by Greyson's sister, Cecilia.

But they have now resumed eating solid food under medical supervision after their plight was widely publicized and a secondary demand for increased exercise time was won, she added.

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