A. This is not the first hunger strike. There have been several over the years. The most recent hunger strike is reported to have begun after a search of cells by guards in early February. The guards seized items identified as contraband and allegedly mishandled the Quran.
On a broader level, the detainees are said to be protesting their treatment and the circumstances of their open-ended detention without charge. The initial hunger strike has spread to include 100 of the 166 detainees. Lawyers for the detainees say the protest stems from a growing sense of hopelessness.