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U.S. military ending Gitmo hunger strike updates

Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 11:02 a.m. CDT

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — U.S. military officials at the Guantanamo Bay prison say they will stop releasing daily hunger strike updates because the numbers of protesting inmates has steadily dropped.

For months, the U.S. military has issued statements each day listing the number of hunger strikers at the prison on the U.S. base in Cuba.

But Monday's statement from Joint Task Force Guantanamo says the number of hunger strikers has significantly diminished since early July, when there were more than 100 prisoners on a strike to draw attention to their indefinite detention. There are now 19 inmates tracked as hunger strikers in the prison with a population of 164.

The military says "we believe today's numbers represent those who wish to continue to strike."

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