JUST over half of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on hunger strike, the US military has confirmed. A spokesman said 84 prisoners have been classified as hunger strikers out of the 166-strong population at the base in Cuba. Army Lt Col Samuel House said 16 of the 84 prisoners are being force-fed and five have been taken to hospital. None are in a life-threatening condition.
About a week after a clash between guards and prisoners, the hunger strike is steadily growing. On Tuesday, the number of hunger strikers was 45. By Friday, 63 prisoners had joined. Prisoners have been on a hunger strike since early February to protest against conditions and their indefinite confinement. The US holds 166 men at the prison, most without charge.