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Gitmo hunger strike: Fewer prisoners taking part

A quarter of hunger-striking prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have abandoned their protest.
A military doctor holds a feeding tube used to feed detainees on hunger strike at the detainee hospital in Camp Delta which is part of the U.S. military prison for 'enemy combatants' on June 26, 2013, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty...
A military doctor holds a feeding tube used to feed detainees on hunger strike at the detainee hospital in Camp Delta which is part of the U.S. military...

A quarter of hunger-striking prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have abandoned their protest. Since the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on July 8, 26 of 106 hunger-strikers have been removed from the military's count of those abstaining from food. Tuesday marked the first time since July 2 that the number of people receiving force-feeding--which entails being strapped down while a liquid nutritional supplement is fed through a nasogastric tube for as long as two hours up to twice a day--has increased46 prisoners are now being force fed.

The decrease in hunger-strikers may be due to a recently instituted  policy: hunger-striking prisoners can leave maximum security lock down--which many were moved to do during an April 13 clash with guards--and return to a communal section of the prison where they can participate in group meals and prayer if they agree not to end their hunger strike, according to prison spokesmen.