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Guantanamo Bay prison hunger strike gains detainees

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9:33 p.m.

A hunger strike among prisoners at Guantanamo Bay keeps growing.

Lt. Col. Samuel House said on Saturday that 100 of 166 prisoners at the U.S. base in Cuba have joined the strike.

He says 19 are receiving liquid nutrients through a nasal tube to prevent dangerous weight loss. House says five of those are in a hospital under observation but do not have any life-threatening conditions.

Lawyers for the detainees say the military is undercounting the number of hunger strikers.

Prisoners began the hunger strike in February to protest conditions and indefinite confinement.

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