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52 Detainees at Guantanamo on Hunger Strike

The U.S. Defense Department says 52 detainees at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are on a hunger strike to protest their continued detention.

In a statement Thursday, Pentagon officials said the hunger strike began three days ago and appears to be temporary. The Pentagon says some detainees have abandoned the strike.

But, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that two prisoners recently released from the facility say there are 180 prisoners on hunger strike, demanding better conditions and more information on their cases.

Many of the some-500 terrorism suspects at Guantanamo have been held for more than two years without charge.

This week, the Pentagon said it was resuming a series of military trials for some prisoners.