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The US military is tube-feeding more than a dozen detainees who are among about 90 terror suspects on hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, a spokesman said.
Some of the 89 striking detainees at Guantanamo have not eaten for a month, said Guantanamo detention mission spokesman Sgt. Justin Behrens. The others have refused at least nine consecutive meals, he said.
Fifteen have been hospitalised and 13 of those were being fed through tubes, Behrens said in a written response to questions from The Associated Press. Medics are monitoring all 89 and checking their vital signs daily, he added.
Previously, the military has said that 76 inmates were participating in the hunger strike.
British lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith, who represents one of the hunger strikers - Briton Omar Deghayes, 36 - warned that some of the inmates were willing to starve themselves to death.
"People are desperate. They have been there three years. They were promised that the Geneva Conventions would be respected and various changes would happen and, unfortunately, the (US) government reneged on that," Stafford-Smith said.
Originally posted by Mayet
One question though, I wonder if the ones being fed through nasal tubes were forced to do so.