LONDON, Ont. — Jailed Ontario emergency room physician Dr. Tarek Loubani and filmmaker John Greyson have started a hunger strike to protest their detention by Egyptian authorities.
The pair were arrested a month ago in Cairo on their way to Gaza as part of a medical mission. They have been held without charges for 31 days in the Tora prison.
Friends of Loubani and Greyson were informed by their Egyptian lawyers that the two would start refusing food Sept. 16.
“We’re alarmed and deeply concerned. We are worried they are in a very difficult situation,” said Dr. Amit Shah, a Western U medical professor and a friend of Loubani’s who is in contact with family members.
Shah said the move by the pair speaks to the deplorable conditions they face.
“I expect until now they have been holding up a brave face for their family’s sake,” he said.
In a press release Cecilia Greyson, sister of John Greyson, said she knows that Greyson and Loubani did not take the decision to begin a hunger strike lightly.