Hunger Strike At Guantanamo

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Detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp have launched a hunger strike to protest interference with their personal effects, including Qurans, their lawyers and prison officials, said on Monday.

“My client and other men have reported that most of the detainees in Camp 6 are on strike, except for a small few who are elderly or sick,” said Pardiss Kebriaei, a New York lawyer, representing Ghaleb Al-Bihani, a Yemeni detainee.

Camp 6 houses the majority of the 166 detainees still incarcerated at Guantanamo — estimated at about 130 men — who usually don’t pose any disciplinary problems and are not regarded as a particular risk.

High-profile detainees such as Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, are held in a different part of the camp.

Interviewed by AFP, Robert Durand, director of public affairs for the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said nine detainees were engaged in hunger strikes, five of whom were being fed through tubes inserted into their stomachs. However, he indicated that “refusing delivered food does not make a detainee a hunger striker, not eating does.”

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