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Former Guantanamo Inmate Jihad Diyab to Leave Uruguay - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Montevideo-A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, who went on hunger strike in Uruguay to demand relocation to another country, has ended his protest after receiving an offer, his supporters have said.

Jihad Diyab, a 45-year old Syrian, was one of a group of six Guantanamo detainees who were given asylum in Uruguay in 2014 as part of efforts to close the camp.

Accused of terrorist links, the men — four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian — were never charged or tried. They had been cleared for release but could not be sent to their home countries because of unrest there.

He had been on hunger strike for 68 days and was at risk of dying.

Diyab had been demanding to be transferred to an Arab country because he said that he wanted to be reunited with his family.

His supporters have not revealed which country has agreed to take him, but officials have made clear that he cannot return to Syria because of the civil war there.

The Uruguayan government is also reported to have said has said that both Qatar and Turkey have refused to accept him.

“With his health now a very serious issue, he received an offer to travel,” The Vigil for Diyab group said on its Facebook page.

“This doesn’t solve his family situation problem, but it is a big step,” the group added.

Uruguay is reported to have offered to bring his family to the Latin American country, but Diyab rejected the offer, saying he does not have the means to support them in Uruguay.

He began his hunger strike in August in a Venezuelan prison, where he was detained after leaving Uruguay undetected and showing up at the Uruguayan consulate in Caracas, demanding to be taken to Turkey.

Uruguayan officials said Diyab traveled through Brazil and Venezuela unauthorized.

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