Two Yemenite hunger strikers at the US military base in Guantanamo
are dying despite their jailers" efforts to forcefully feed them, claim
Abu Bakah al-Shamrani and Abu Anas are extremely weak. "Al-Shamrani
just weighs 32 kilos", says the Group Reprieve.
The group claims that Camp Echo, made up of isolated cells, is an institution
where inmates are "forcefully fed" but they are so deteriorated that
they are moved around in wheel chairs.
A military source said last December that the protesters were 84 but human
right groups claim many more.
Lt. Col. Jeremy Martin says the Army considers a prisoner on strike when he
refuses nine consecutive meals. 76 detainees began the hunger strike last August
to protest their indefinite imprisonment.
Around 550 to 750 prisoners labeled "enemy combatants" have been
withheld at the illegal US naval base in Guantanamo, east Cuba, for more than
three years without access to an attorney.