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Aljazeera journalist near death says doctor

Elshamy's health continues to deteriorate as Aljazeera calls on Egyptian authorities for his release
Al-Jazeera journalists stand inside the defendants cage during their trial (AFP)

Aljazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy, who has been on hunger strike for 112 days may die in a few days according to his doctor.

Elshamy has lost a third of his body weight and started to have impaired liver and kidney function, said Mohamed El-Homsi, a senior consultant and chairman of the national centre for cancer in Qatar. He reviewed Elshamy’s blood results on 8 May and showed great concern for his life.

Elshamy was moved to an undisclosed location on 12 May after his lawyers asked to transfer him to hospital.

He was arrested on 14 August 2013 while covering the Rabaa sit-in supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Three other Aljazeera English journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed who were detained 29 December, are being held at Tora prison.

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They have been charged with conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood, a group considered a terrorist organisation by the Egyptian government. Their trial is due to resume on 15 May.

Aljazeera denies all the accusations made against its staff members and has called on the Egyptian government to free them. 

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