Military Says Guantanamo Hunger Strike Grows Again

MIAMI (The Miami Herald/MCT) -

The number of hungers strikers has more than doubled since the U.S. military put most prisoners under lockdown at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo, the military said Wednesday, reporting that it now classified 92 of the captives as hunger strikers and was force feeding 17 of them.

Two were getting tube feedings at the prison camps hospital, said Army Lt. Col. Samuel House, but neither “currently have any life-threatening conditions.”

Defense lawyers for some detainees insist that about 130 of the 166 captives joined in the hunger strike two months ago, and accused the military of refusing to acknowledge it.

House, acting prison camps spokesman, released the figures in a short email from the prison that noted the medical forces’ tally jumped from 84 captives on hunger strike Monday.

House said two captives hospitalized a day earlier were returned to their cells, and not sent to other lockups at the sprawling prison camps compound, which has a psychiatric unit.

The military reported the hunger strike figure at 43 before soldiers stormed inside Guantanamo showcase communal prison April 13 and put nearly every captive at the prison camps complex under lockdown.