Guantanamo doctors force feeding prisoners on hunger strike

Guantanamo doctors force feeding prisoners on hunger strike
In this July 16, 2009 file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, flags hang above the sign marking the Camp Justice compound, the site of the U.S. war crimes tribunal, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - A Guantanamo Bay detention center spokesman says no medical personnel have heeded calls to refuse to force-feed prisoners on hunger strike.

Navy Capt. Robert Durand says that no doctors, nurses or corpsman at the prison have even voiced concern about the practice. He says they understand it's a lawful order meant to prevent prisoners from starving to death.

Officials say 104 of the 166 prisoners are on hunger strike as of Thursday. They are protesting their indefinite detention at the prison on the U.S. base in Cuba. Up to 44 are strapped down each day and force-fed liquid nutrients through a nasal tube.

The American Medical Association has said force-feeding prisoners violates medical values. An editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine urged military doctors to refuse the orders.