WASHINGTON (AP) — A Guantanamo Bay hunger striker is appealing a judge's refusal to change the way the hunger striker is being force-fed by his jailers.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler denied the request by Syrian prisoner Abu Wa'el Dhiab to alter the detainee's feeding procedures.

The judge described Dhiab as sick, depressed and desperate, but said that prison officials had not exhibited deliberate indifference regarding Dhiab's treatment.

Kessler denied Dhiab's request to have the tube that runs through his nose and into his stomach left in place for at least three days. She also said his jailers may continue to use a specially built chair to restrain him while he is being fed, even though he argued it significantly worsens his back pain.