According to U.S. military officials, 52 detainees at the American prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are presently staging a hunger strike. The strike began three days ago.
U.S. officials say that the men are checked daily by medical staff and their vital signs are monitored.
'Indications are that this is a temporary effort by some detainees to protest their continued detention,' the U.S. military statement said.
One detainee who was released after three years of detention indicated that more than 100 inmates at Guantanamo were on a hunger strike for two weeks. The former Taliban soldier indicated the strike was designed to highlight 'inhuman' conditions inside the prison camp.
American officials will continue to monitor the situation.