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Yemenis demand release of Guantanamo detainees

Yemeni women hold photos their relatives detained Guantanamo Bay prisduring demonstratifront U.S. embassy demanding their release SanaYemen Monday April 1

Yemeni women hold photos of their relatives detained in Guantanamo Bay prison during a demonstration in front of the U.S. embassy demanding their release, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

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Updated: April 1, 2013 11:16AM



SANAA, Yemen — About 250 Yemenis have held a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in the capital Sanaa to demand the release of around 90 of their compatriots from Guantanamo Bay.

Yemenis make up the largest contingent of the 166 detainees held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

Most were detained in Afghanistan after the 2001 U.S. invasion.

Yemeni rights activist Abdel-Rahman Barman says conditions at the prison are “very poor” and that at least two of the men there are on hunger strike. A 32 -year-old Yemeni died in an apparent suicide last year.

Yemen’s government has requested the prisoners be transferred to Sanaa.

An embassy employee was seen accepting a letter from relatives of the detainees on Monday. The embassy could not immediately be reached for comment.



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