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Number of Gitmo inmates on hunger strike drops

The number of detainees on hunger strike at the US prison at Guantanamo has dropped sharply in the past week, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. Out of 166 detainees held at the prison on the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 80 inmates are refusing to eat,spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale told AFP. They include 46 who are being given liquid nutrients through nasal tubes while three are under observation at a hospital, he said.

Senior lawmakers push Obama over Guantanamo force-feeding

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two senior Senate Democrats pushed President Barack Obama to cut back on force-feeding of prisoners at the Guantanamo naval base on Wednesday, two days after a judge ruled that only the president had the power to stop the procedure. Senators Richard Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, and Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee, also urged Obama to outline a formal process for closing the detention center as quickly as possible.

Democrats urge Obama to end 'inhumane' force-feeding

Two senior Democratic lawmakers called for an end Tuesday to the force-feeding of dozens of Guantanamo detainees, clashing with the White House which argued that they "don't want these individuals to die." Number two Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said he and Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein, who has long called for the closure of the detention facility, will write President Barack Obama asking him to "exercise his executive authority" and end the force-feeding.

Guantanamo prisoners launch bid to halt force-feeding

Four detainees at the US-run Guantanamo Bay military jail have lodged a legal bid to stop prison authorities from force-feeding inmates, lawyers for the men said Monday. Prisoners at Guantanamo have been on hunger-strike since earlier this year in protest at their treatment at the controversial facility, where the vast majority of detainees have never been charged. Authorities at the jail say they are force-feeding 44 inmates out of an estimated 120 prisoners who are on hunger strike.

Outcry over Guantanamo grows, as does hunger strike

Free them or put them on trial. Thus urges a petition to President Barack Obama over the prisoners held at Guantanamo, jailed and in limbo for more than a decade. The petition launched by Guantanamo's former chief military prosecutor Colonel Morris Davis was signed by more than 137,400 people by late Sunday for the president to bring some kind of closure to the fate of the terror suspects at the US prison on the eastern tip of Cuba.

Obama may appoint new Guantanamo envoy

President Barack Obama is considering appointing a new senior State Department official to work out how to transfer detainees to permit the closure of the war-on-terror prison at Guantanamo Bay. The White House said Wednesday that Obama would consider the measure as part of the new effort to close the controversial facility that he promised during a press conference on Tuesday. But the administration also made clear that it would not be able to achieve the closure of the prison in Cuba while Congress continues to throw up obstacles.

US ups medics at Guantanamo over hunger strike

Extra medical staff have been sent to the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay to help address a hunger strike that has spread to nearly two-thirds of the detainees, authorities said Monday. With the strike now entering its 12th week, President Barack Obama has faced fresh calls to honor his promise to close the prison at the US base in Cuba, which holds 166 individuals captured as part of the "War on Terror."

Guantanamo hunger strike widens to 100 inmates

The number of Guantanamo detainees participating in a hunger strike has risen to 100 out of 166, a spokesman for the US-run military prison said Saturday. Among those refusing sustenance, 20 have been given nasal feeding tubes, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House said in a statement. Five have been hospitalized but are not in life-threatening condition.

Guantanamo hunger strike widens, concern over force-feeding

More Guantanamo prisoners have joined a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention at the US-run military jail, with 97 out of 166 detainees refusing food, officials said Friday. Among the strikers, 19 have been given nasal feeding tubes, and five of those are hospitalized but do not have life-threatening conditions, Guantanamo Bay spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House said in a statement.

Nearly 100 Guantanamo inmates on hunger strike

More prisoners have joined a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention at the US-run Guantanamo military prison, with 97 out of 166 detainees refusing food, a spokesman said Friday. Among the strikers, 19 have been given feeding tubes, and five of those are hospitalized but do not have life-threatening conditions, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House said in a statement. The rapidly growing protest movement began on February 6, lawyers for the detainees said. Prison authorities began releasing figures on the strike on March 11, saying nine inmates were participating.
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