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Oman accepts 10 Gitmo detainees

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Ten prisoners being held at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred to Oman, according to multiple reports.

The detainees – whose names and nationalities have not been made public – are being transfered”for a temporary residency and out of consideration of their humanitarian situation,” Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement reported by the state-run Oman News Agency.

There has been no announcement about the transfer from the U.S. government, but a defense official confirmed the transfer to the Washington Post.

{mosads}President Obama pledged to close the prison during his tenure, but Congress stalled his efforts. The last-minute transfer comes less than a week before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Trump has pledged to keep the facility – which once held abut 700 people – open. According to the Post, there will be about 40 inmates held there when he takes office.

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