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Nearly half inmates at Gitmo officially on hunger strike

According to even the conservative figures from Guantanamo Bay military prison officials, nearly half of all inmates have now joined the hunger strike which began in February -- protesting long-term incarceration without trial. A U.S. military spokesman put the strike number at 77 on Monday (an increase of 25 in recent days.) Via Al Jazeera:

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House said in a statement that of the detainees refusing food, 17 are receiving "enteral feedings," a process involving being force-fed via tubes.

Five of the inmates have been admitted to hospital, although none faces "life-threatening conditions," House said.

Lawyers representing detainees have for some weeks put the hunger strike numbers significantly higherthan official figures -- well above 100 inmates --  and have challenged claims that the striking detainees are not at risk of death in some cases.

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