The latest Guantanamo Bay hunger strike has expanded to at least 31 of 166 people, according to the military, and the International Committee of the Red Cross is hurrying its efforts to address the situation. The plan had been to send representatives next week, the BBC notes; instead, a doctor and another Red Cross official are going early. The shift marks "an effort to better understand current tensions and the ongoing hunger strike," the organization says, citing a "clear link" to detainees' uncertain futures.
Some 11 detainees are currently being fed through tubes, a military rep says, while three have been hospitalized. Lawyers say the strike has spread to a majority of inmates. Some lawyers have filed a motion in Washington saying striking detainees are being denied bottled water, notes al-Jazeera. Guards won't give the inmates bottled water, instead telling them to drink tap water they don't think is safe, a detainee says. The issue has "already caused some prisoners kidney, urinary, and stomach problems," the lawyers say. They add that the striking inmates are being subjected to "extremely frigid temperatures" in order to halt the strike.