Guantanamo protest grows

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A HUNGER strike is escalating at Guantanamo Bay, the US military said.

A spokesman said 52 terrorist suspects, among 166 held at the base in Cuba, had joined the strike, up from 45 at the start of the week.

The increase follows a violent clash between guards and prisoners last Saturday.

Fifteen prisoners are being force-fed and three are in hospital.

The hunger strike began in early February.