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One-quarter of Gitmo prisoners force-fed

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One-quarter of Gitmo Prisoners Force-fed, US Officials Renew Call for Closing It

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Guantanamo Bay’s medical team is now force-feeding 41 of the 166 prisoners at the US detention facility. With four detainees in hospital, the strike shows no signs of abating a month after President Barak Obama again pledged to close the base.

The latest press release from the facility reported the rise in the number of inmates receiving enteral feeds, up from the previous 39. The report also claims that the four prisoners currently undergoing treatment in a detainee hospital are not in critical condition.

Meanwhile, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and two leading senators on national security reaffirmed their support for closing the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after visiting the facility on Friday.

In a joint statement issued by McDonough and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and John McCain, the officials said they appreciated the service of those in charge of the 166 terror suspects detained at Guantanamo.
Feinstein is the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and McCain is the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee.

“We continue to believe that it is in our national interest to end detention at Guantanamo, with a safe and orderly transition of the detainees to other locations,” they said in the statement.
They further announced that they intend to work, with a plan by Congress and the administration together, to take the steps necessary to make that happen.”

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama renewed his 2008 campaign promise to close the naval facility. Obama’s declaration came amid a widespread hunger strike among detainees.
White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said before the visit that McDonough wanted to review the situation at the prison and discuss how to work with Congress to meet the president’s goal of closure.

Obama has faced strong resistance in Congress from Republicans and some Democrats who don’t want the terror suspects transferred to the United States or foreign countries. Congress has repeatedly voted to keep the facility open.

One response to “One-quarter of Gitmo prisoners force-fed

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