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A federal judge has rejected an emergency appeal by a Guantanamo inmate on a hunger strike who claims he received rationed drinking water and was exposed to extremely cold temperatures.
US District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled Monday he did not have the jurisdiction to make a determination in the matter and rejected the motion by Musaab al-Madhwani who has been held at the US military prison in Cuba for eleven years.
The detainee had filed an emergency motion for relief demanding his jailers provide him with drinking water and clothes that were warm enough.
He has since received bottles of water but, according to his lawyer, still laments a lack of access to medical care.
Attorneys representing inmates have said the hunger strike, which has been going on for about two months, affects about 100 of the 166 prisoners. However, US authorities have said 43 inmates are participating and that 11 are being force fed.
Prison commander John Bogdan, as well as justice officials, have categorically denied the plaintiff's allegations.
The strike began when the men claimed prison officials searched their Korans for contraband. Officials have denied any mishandling of Islam's holy book.
"Rather than deal with the reasons for the hunger strike -- the immediate trigger of the searching of Korans and the long-term desperation caused by more than 11 years of indefinite detention without charge or trial -- the government responded over the weekend by escalating violence and retaliation," the Center for Constitutional Rights said in a statement.
Guantanamo guards fired non-lethal shots to quell prisoner unrest Saturday as they relocated inmates into individual cells, military officials said.