Medical reinforcements arrive at Guantanamo Bay - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Medical reinforcements arrive at Guantanamo Bay

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -

Medical reinforcements have arrived at Guantanamo Bay to help deal with a hunger strike among prisoners at the U.S. base in Cuba.

   Lt. Col. Samuel House said Monday that the roughly 40 nurses and other specialists arrived over the weekend. They are U.S. Navy personnel. He says their arrival was planned several weeks ago as the number of prisoners joining the hunger strike kept growing.

   Prisoners began the hunger strike in February to protest conditions and their indefinite confinement.

   The number of striking prisoners has not risen since Saturday, when 100 of the 166 inmates had joined.

   House says 21 have been receiving liquid nutrients through a nasal tube to prevent dangerous weight loss. Five prisoners are being observed in a base hospital.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WAOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Chief Engineer Russ Crass at 715-842-2251. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at