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Guantanamo Hunger Strike Grows But Numbers In Dispute


The U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay (file photo)

The U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay (file photo)

A U.S. official has said 39 detainees are on hunger strike at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, but prison inmates say the real number is higher.

The Associated Press reported that Saudi-born Shaker Aamer told his lawyer that 130 men are refusing food to protest their confinement.

“The New York Times” quoted lawyers whose clients told them that “an overwhelming majority of detainees” who aren’t facing charges “have been refusing to eat for weeks.”

Three men have been hospitalized since the strike began, according to a military spokesman.

Delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross arrived at the camp on March 26 to investigate.

Of the 166 remaining inmates, only six are facing trial.

Some 90 have been cleared for release but remain imprisoned because of U.S. restrictions or complications in their home countries.

Based on reporting by the "Miami Herald," AP, and "The New York Times"
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