Lawyers for the detainees insist that the military is still “undercounting” the number of men on hunger strike.
According to military officials, there are now 100 detainees participating in the ongoing hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba. The Associated Press reports that Lt. Col. Samuel House said “19 are receiving liquid nutrients through a nasal tube to prevent dangerous weight loss,” and that 5 of those “are at a hospital under observation but that they do not have any life-threatening conditions.”
The hunger strike began in February in what attorneys for the prisoners say is a protest against indefinite confinement and desecration of the Qur’an during searches.
Inmates and guards clashed earlier this month during raids conducted by the military to move the detainees from communal living spaces into single occupant cells. Before the raids, the military officially recognized only 43 hunger strikers, but lawyers and advocates for the men being held insisted there were closer to 100.
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