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Released Afghan detainees claim widespread hunger strike at Gitmo

[JURIST] Two just-released Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees told reporters Wednesday that more than 180 prisoners at the US detention facility in Cuba are 14 days or so into a hunger strike. Habir Russol and Moheb Ullah Borekzai, both from Afghanistan, indicated that the prisoners are not eating or drinking in protest of their detention and alleged mistreatment during interrogation. A Pentagon spokesman said he was unaware of any hunger strike, but would make inquiries. The US Department of Defense issued a press release Wednesday to announce the release of both men and 6 other detainees, including Moroccan Lahcen Ikassrien, who has been transferred to the government of Spain [JURIST report]. To date, 242 prisoners have been released or transferred from Guantanamo Bay. AP has more.

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