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Guantanamo Bay hunger strike grows; over half of prisoners refusing to eat

Monday, April 22, 2013
Guantanamo Bay prison is seen in this undated file photo.

Guantanamo Bay prison is seen in this undated file photo. (KABC Photo)

The U.S. military says just over half of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on a hunger strike.

Guards are force-feeding at least 16 of the 84 prisoners who are refusing to eat. Officials said five of the men have been hospitalized, but they do not have life-threatening conditions.

The hunger strike began in February with a few prisoners who were protesting conditions and their indefinite confinement at the U.S. military base in Cuba.

The strike grew over the past week after a clash between guards and prisoners. There are 166 men being held at the prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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