US denies report of mass Guantanamo hunger strike

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The U.S. military is denying reports of a mass hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

A prison spokesman says some prisoners have attempted to coordinate a hunger strike but most are not participating. Navy Capt. Robert Durand tells The Associated Press the number of men classified as hunger strikers at the U.S. base in Cuba has been about six for the past year.

The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights and lawyers for prisoners say they have heard from prisoners that "all but a few" of the 166 men held there are on strike. They say in a letter to U.S. officials the strike is a protest over searches and the confiscation of personal items. Durand said Monday that prisoners are complaining about a "routine" search in February.

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