6 Guantanamo Detainees Sent to Uruguay

6 Guantanamo Detainees Sent to Uruguay6 Guantanamo Detainees Sent to Uruguay

The US government says it has released six Guantanamo Bay detainees and sent them to Uruguay for resettlement.

A Pentagon statement on Sunday identified the men as four Syrians, a Tunisian and a Palestinian, the BBC reported.

All six had been detained as suspected militants with ties to al-Qaeda but were never charged.

Among the inmates transferred out was Syrian prisoner Jihad Diyab, who had staged a hunger strike and requested a US court to order prison officials to stop force-feeding him.

President Jose Mujica decided to take the detainees on humanitarian grounds in March but the move was delayed until after Uruguay’s elections last month.

“The United States is grateful to the Government of Uruguay for its willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

More than half of the 172 men still in Guantanamo have been cleared for transfer but have nowhere to go because their countries are unstable or unsafe.

More than 50 countries have accepted former Guantanamo detainees.

In Latin America, El Salvador is the only country to have given Guantanamo prisoners sanctuary, taking two in 2012.