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WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has turned away a challenge to force-feeding Guantanamo Bay detainees on a hunger strike.

But the court also ruled that the detainees did have the right to challenge the force-feeding, rejecting two district court rulings that the judiciary didn't have jurisdiction in the case.

The lawyer for the detainees, Jon B. Eisenberg, called that "a big win for us," because it lets the detainees go back to the district court and press the case.

Tuesday's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit turned down a bid for a preliminary injunction to stop the force-feeding.