Bahrain activist ends hunger strike

A lawyer representing Bahraini hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja says the activist will end his strike today, 110 days after he began refusing food.

Lawyer Mohamed al-Jishi said that al-Khawaja decided to begin eating again because his strike succeeded in bringing attention to the cause of Bahraini protesters agitating for political change.

Mr al-Jishi says al-Khawaja sought to highlight the detention of what he calls political prisoners and limits on freedom of expression.

Al-Khawaja began his hunger strike on February 8.

Bahrain rejected Denmark’s request in March to take custody of al-Khawaja, who is also a Danish citizen.

At least 50 people have died in unrest in Bahrain, which is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.

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