(WASHINGTON) -- On Sunday, Iranian authorities allowed Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, the two American hikers remaining in detention, to phone their families from jail.
The State Department on Monday confirmed that the pair were allowed to place the call after going on a hunger strike to protest not being able to receive letters from loved ones. It was their first call home since Nov. 27, 2010.
Their mothers are holding their own hunger strike to demand the hikers’ freedom. On Tuesday, they and their families will appear at the National Press Club with Muhammad Ali and Sarah Shourd, the third hiker who was let out on bail, to call for their release.
The last time Swiss diplomats, who represent the U.S. in Tehran, were allowed to visit the two hikers was on Oct. 26, 2010. They’ve been detained now for almost two years without formal charges.
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