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Jailed British-Iranian aid worker ends hunger strike, husband says

Image: Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-I
Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman is in prison in Iran, outside of the Iranian Embassy in London on June 28, 2019. Copyright Dan Kitwood
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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ended a hunger strike in Tehran, with her husband saying it served the purpose of raising awareness of her plight.

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LONDON — Jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has ended a hunger strike in Tehran designed to push for her release, her husband told the BBC on Saturday.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe posing for a photograph with her daughter Gabriella.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe posing for a photograph with her daughter Gabriella.AFP - Getty Images file

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, began the hunger strike roughly two weeks ago.

She was arrested in April 2016 at a Tehran airport as she headed back to Britain with her daughter after a family visit and was sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment.

Her family and the Foundation, a charity organization that operates independently of Thomson Reuters and Reuters News, deny the charge.

Richard Ratcliffe, her husband, told BBC radio that he had spoken to his wife on Saturday and she was ending the action.

"She's decided to stop her hunger strike," he said. "She said that in fact she'd had some breakfast this morning."

Ratcliffe, who is ending his own hunger strike, said the protest had helped raise the profile of his wife's case.

"In Iran, we've become a much bigger story than we were before and there's an awareness that really this needs to be solved."

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