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CAIRO (AP) - An Al-Jazeera Arabic service journalist who has been on hunger strike for more than four months to protest his prolonged detention without charges in Egypt has walked free.

The mother, wife and brothers of 26-year-old Abdullah Elshamy met him as he walked out of a police station in a northern Cairo suburb on Tuesday. Egypt's prosecutor general ordered his release Monday, citing health conditions.

Elshamy, once a chubby young man, looked slim and frail as he left the station in Nasr City.

His detention, along with the trial of other Al-Jazeera journalists, was related to the sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi since the military overthrew him last year. Egyptian officials accused the network of supporting Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood. The network denied the allegations.

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