Dublin teenager ends hunger strike in Egypt

Ibrahim Halawa pictured with his sisters

A Dublin teenager who has spent over a year imprisoned without charge in Egypt has ended the hunger strike he began in his Cairo jail cell two weeks ago.

Eighteen-year-old Ibrahim Halawa ended his strike following an emotional plea from his father, Sheikh Hussein Halawa, Ireland's most senior Muslim cleric and Imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh.

Ibrahim went on hunger strike after his trial was abandoned earlier this month.

He was just 17 when he was arrested alongside his three older sisters in Cairo in August 2013, following a day of protest, which followed the ousting of Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi.

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