US military says Guantanamo hunger strike edges up

US military says Guantanamo hunger strike edges up
# 26 March 2013 00:53 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The U.S. military says a hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison has grown to include at least 28 prisoners, APA reports quoting Associated Press.

A prison spokesman says 28 men held at the U.S. base in Cuba meet the military's definition of a hunger striker. Navy Capt. Robert Durand said Monday that 10 of those men are being force-fed liquid nutrients to prevent dangerous weight loss. Three hunger strikers are at the hospital being treated for dehydration.

Defense lawyers say prisoners began the strike began on Feb. 6 to protest what they say are more intrusive searches of their cells and of their indefinite confinement. The lawyers say the strike involves most of the 166 men held at Guantanamo.

A Red Cross delegation is visiting Guantanamo this week.

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