The United States announced on Sunday that it had transferred five Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United Arab Emirates as part of a plan to close the controversial prison.
The Pentagon said in a statement that 107 detainees remain in the infamous US prison.
The statement said Washington appreciates the UAE’s willingness to support US efforts to close the detention centre.
The five detainees are named as Ali Ahmad Mohammed Al-Razihi, Khalid Abdel-Jabbar Muhammad Othman Al-Qadasi, Adil Said Al-Hajj Ubayd Al-Busays, Sulayman Awad Bin Uqayl Al-Nahdi and Fahmi Salem Said Al-Asani. All of whom were arrested fleeing the US invasion of Afghanistan.
The statement revealed: “The United States coordinated with the United Arab Emirates government to ensure that the detainees are transferred according to appropriate security measures and humane treatment.”
The Pentagon pointed out that it has decided to release the five detainees after a thorough security assessment of their files.