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Sarah Shourd: US Hikers In Iran Assaulted By Guards, Feared Execution

ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The families of the American hikers jailed in Iran and former fellow detainee Sarah Shourd released a statement Thursday claiming Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were repeatedly assaulted and threatened in Tehran's Evin prison.

Until now, the families have been conservative in their criticism of the regime, fearing retaliation on Bauer and Fattal.

The families are in the midst of a hunger strike to protest the hikers' continued detention.

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