Medical alert in Guantanamo amid hunger strike

AP News
Posted: May 14, 2013 7:53 PM

MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. military spokesman says medics at the Guantanamo Bay prison were called to a cell amid a long-running hunger strike at the U.S. base in Cuba.

Navy Capt. Robert Durand says the prisoner had been reported "unresponsive" while being checked by guards inside the section of the prison known as Camp 5. Durand says the prisoner was examined, determined to be OK and returned to his cell. His identity was not disclosed.

The so-called "code yellow" occurred Tuesday as 100 prisoners were on hunger strike over conditions and their indefinite confinement.

The military is force-feeding 29 of the striking prisoners to prevent dangerous weight loss. Human rights groups have called on the Defense Department to halt the force-feeding.

U.S. authorities are holding 166 men at Guantanamo, most without charge.