Extra medics sent to deal with Guantanamo hunger strike

The United States has sent extra medical staff to deal…

The United States has sent extra medical staff to deal with a near three-month hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, placing further pressure on president Barack Obama who has pledged to close the prison.

About 40 US Navy medical personnel, including specialists and nurses, arrived at the base in Cuba over the weekend.

A military spokesman at Guantanamo, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House, says the influx was planned several weeks ago as increasing numbers of detainees protested against their detention.

He says 100 of the 166 inmates are taking part in the hunger strike, which has entered its 12th week.

Read more at ABC News

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