U.S. frees 5 Guantanamo prisoners, sends them to Oman, Estonia

McCain and others gathered to speak about legislation being introduced to limit the Obama administration’s ability to release detainees from Guantanamo Bay. (AFP)

Five men from Yemen have been released from the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after more than a dozen years of captivity.

The Pentagon announced Wednesday that one man has been sent to Estonia and four to Oman. This is the first time either nation has agreed to accept former Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement.

All five were captured in Pakistan and detained by the U.S. as suspected al-Qaeda fighters. U.S. officials determined it was no longer necessary to detain them but decided they couldn't be sent to Yemen because of instability there.

The U.S. has been trying to find other countries to accept the Yemeni prisoners amid an effort to close the detention center on the base in Cuba.

There are now 122 men held at Guantanamo.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43