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Egyptian-American Detainee Hospitalized in Cairo

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Leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie, bottom center, and senior Brotherhood figure Salah Soltan, right, gesture during an appearance at a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, April 1, 2014.

Leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie, bottom center, and senior Brotherhood figure Salah Soltan, right, gesture during an appearance at a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, April 1, 2014.

An Egyptian-American imprisoned in Egypt has been transferred to an intensive care unit at a Cairo hospital.

Human rights group Amnesty International said Wednesday that Mohammed Soltan's health deteriorated dramatically after more than eight months on a hunger strike.

Amnesty said he is thought to be critically ill and has been passing out frequently, as well as bleeding from his mouth and nose.

The 26-year-old was arrested in August 2013 as part of a sweeping crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. He faces charges including spreading false information and financing an anti-government sit-in.

Soltan, the son of a prominent Muslim Brotherhood member who also is in prison, was arrested when security forces came looking for his father at his house.

His trial is set to resume Saturday.

Amnesty International on Wednesday called for his immediate release.

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