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Report: Some hunger strikers eligible for release from Guantanamo

May 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, May 2 (UPI) -- Some of the men on hunger strike at Guantanamo have been cleared for release from the U.S. detention center, their lawyers say.

The military, which operates the detention center at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba, has not released any of the names of hunger strikers. As of Wednesday, Lt. Col. Samuel House said 100 of the 166 remaining detainees are refusing food, The Miami Herald reported.

Lawyers for nine detainees told the Herald they have been notified their clients are being force fed. The group includes Mohammed al-Hamiri of Yemen, who was listed by the Justice Department in court papers as eligible for release.

An Obama administration panel determined that 46 of the men remaining at Guantanamo should be held indefinitely without charge, that 56 could be transferred to other countries and 30 might be eligible for transfer under certain conditions. The administration has suspended transfers to Yemen.

Two Algerians and a Syrian who are being force fed are also eligible for release, the Herald said.

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