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Guantanamo Bay hunger strike grows; over half of prisoners refusing to eat

Guantanamo Bay prison is seen in this undated file photo.

April 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The U.S. military says just over half of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on a hunger strike.

Guards are force-feeding at least 16 of the 84 prisoners who are refusing to eat. Officials said five of the men have been hospitalized, but they do not have life-threatening conditions.

The hunger strike began in February with a few prisoners who were protesting conditions and their indefinite confinement at the U.S. military base in Cuba.

The strike grew over the past week after a clash between guards and prisoners. There are 166 men being held at the prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.