US government lawyers defended the policy of force-feeding hunger-strikers at Guantánamo and said the detainees would be fed before dawn or after sunset, in accordance with Ramadan.
They said plans to continue the force-feeding in the weeks ahead would not clash with the Islamic fast during the month of Ramadan, which is set to begin on Monday.
The government lawyers said the staff schedule at Guantánamo would be altered so that feedings would take place pre-dawn or after sunset in full accord with Ramadan tradition.
Muslims worldwide celebrate the month of Ramadan by forgoing food and water from sunup to sundown. Muslim faithful are permitted to eat and drink before dawn and after sunset.
The lawyers also denied that the government had forcibly administered an anti-nausea drug to any of four complaining detainees at Guantánamo.
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