March 29, 2013
A Yemeni prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay prison, who has been participating in a hunger strike which has been ongoing for weeks, has requested “emergency humanitarian relief” from a federal district court he says he and other prisoners are being denied access to potable water.
The motion for emergency relief filed on March 26 by his attorneys asserts, “For the past three days, prison authorities have denied” Musa’ab Omar al Madhwani – “and others within his and one other cell block – access to potable water. When Musa’ab and his fellow prisoners requested drinking water, the guards told them to drink from the faucets.”
It adds, “The tap water at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station is not potable and residents of the Naval Station drink only bottled water.” And, also, “The lack of potable water has already caused some prisoners kidney, urinary and stomach problems.”