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Six more freed from Guantanamo Bay

Published:Saturday | June 13, 2015 | 6:07 PM

UNITED STATES

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Six men long held at Guantanamo Bay arrived in Oman yesterday, the first movement of detainees out of the United States prison for terrorism suspects in five months as Congress considers new restrictions on transfers.

The six detainees -- all from Oman's war-torn Mideast neighbour Yemen -- boarded a flight from the US prison in Cuba last Friday, bringing Guantanamo's population down to 116.

The move means President Barack Obama has now transferred more than half of the 242 detainees who were at Guantanamo when he was sworn into office after campaigning to close it.

Yet Obama remains far from achieving his closure goal, with just a year and a half left in office, final transfer approvals coming slowly from the Pentagon and lawmakers threatening to make movement out even harder.

The six new transfers include Emad Abdullah Hassan, who has been on hunger strikes since 2007 in protest of his confinement without charge since 2002. In court filings protesting force-feeding practices, Hassan said detainees have been force-fed up to a gallon at a time of nutrient and water.