U.S. sends nine Yemeni prisoners to Saudi Arabia from Guantanamo

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Posted: Apr 16, 2016 3:20 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has sent nine Yemeni men to Saudi Arabia from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, including an inmate who had been on a long-term hunger strike, U.S. officials said on Saturday, the latest step in President Barack Obama’s final push to close the facility.

The transfer marked the largest group of prisoners shipped out of the U.S. naval base in Cuba since Obama rolled out his plan to shut the controversial detention center there before he leaves office in January 2017.

With the latest departures, there are now 80 prisoners at Guantanamo, most held without charge or trial for more than a decade, drawing international condemnation.

(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; editing by Grant McCool)