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updated: 4/21/2013 11:06 AM

Half of Guantanamo prisoners on hunger strike

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

A military spokesman says 84 prisoners have been classified as hunger strikers at the U.S. military base in Cuba. The prison's population is 166.

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Army Lt. Col. Samuel House says 16 of the 84 prisoners are being force-fed and five have been hospitalized. He says none of the hospitalized men have life-threatening conditions.

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 conditions and their indefinite confinement. The U.S. holds most men at the prison without charge.

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