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Roxana Saberi, journalist from Fargo imprisoned in Iran, hospitalized after she intensifies hunger strike

Members of Reporters Without Borders demonstrate in front of Iranian embassy in Paris Sunday May 3, 2009, in support of imprisoned journalist Roxana Saberi. US-Iranian reporter Roxana Saberi, awaiting an appeal against her eight-year jail sentence for espionage by an Iranian court, is continuing with her hunger strike that began 12 days ago. Sign reads: Free Roxana Saberi.

The American journalist on a hunger strike for two weeks to protest her imprisonment in Iran was briefly hospitalized after she intensified her fast by refusing to drink water, Reporters Without Borders said Monday.

The press freedom group said 32-year-old Roxana Saberi, accused by Iran of spying for the U.S., was taken Friday to a clinic at Tehran's Evin prison, where she has been held since her arrest in January. She was released from the clinic within a day after again drinking water, the group said.

Saberi's Iranian-born father, who traveled to Iran to seek his daughter's release, said last month that she was drinking only sweetened water while refusing food to protest her eight-year jail sentence.

Reporters Without Borders said her father, Reza Saberi of Fargo, N.D., told the group over the weekend that she stopped drinking water after Iranian authorities denied she was on a hunger strike.

"So following that, she decided to do a complete hunger strike," Soazig Dollet of the Paris-based group told The Associated Press. "So she was really weak and went to the clinic inside the prison for the day, but not more than a day."

Saberi's father did not answer phone calls seeking comment on Monday.