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Guantanamo hunger strikers reported near death

[JURIST] Several detainees involved in the continuing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] hunger strikes are close to death, according to lawyers acting for the detainees. Despite force-feedings by the US military, there is concern for two emaciated Yemenis and a hospitalized Saudi prisoner. Reprieve [advocacy website], an international prisoners' rights group, is set to release a report Monday on the grave condition of Yemenis Abu Bakah al-Shamrani and Abu Anas. Last week the US military announced [JURIST report] that the number of detainees participating in hunger strikes had reached its lowest point since October 2005 - only 22, with 17 of those receiving nourishment via feeding tubes - but offered no reasons for the dropoff. While force-feeding has been declared humane [American Forces Press report] by medical officials at Guantanamo, lawyers for the detainees dispute [JURIST report] the assertion. The detainees are protesting their indefinite captivity in the US military camp. The London Sunday Times has more.

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