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Hunger-striking ex-Gitmo detainee hospitalized, released

  • FILE - In this June 5, 2015, file photo, former Guantanamo detainee Abu Wa'el Dhiab from Syria, right, holds out the hand of fellow ex-prisoner Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi of Tunisia, showing off his wedding band in Montevideo, Uruguay. A friend said Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, that Dhiab is weak from a hunger strike and could need to be hospitalized. Dhiab is demanding that he be allowed to leave Uruguay. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)

    FILE - In this June 5, 2015, file photo, former Guantanamo detainee Abu Wa'el Dhiab from Syria, right, holds out the hand of fellow ex-prisoner Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi of Tunisia, showing off his wedding band in Montevideo, Uruguay. A friend said Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, that Dhiab is weak from a hunger strike and could need to be hospitalized. Dhiab is demanding that he be allowed to leave Uruguay. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this May 5, 2015 photo, former Guantanamo detainee Abu Wa'el Dhiab from Syria sits in front of the U.S. embassy while visiting former fellow detainees who were demanding financial assistance from the U.S., in Montevideo, Uruguay. Dhiab, who resettled in Uruguay, was briefly hospitalized Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, after becoming weak from a hunger strike. Dhiab is demanding that he be allowed to leave the South American country. Uruguay took in Dhiab and five other former Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement in 2014. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    In this May 5, 2015 photo, former Guantanamo detainee Abu Wa'el Dhiab from Syria sits in front of the U.S. embassy while visiting former fellow detainees who were demanding financial assistance from the U.S., in Montevideo, Uruguay. Dhiab, who resettled in Uruguay, was briefly hospitalized Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, after becoming weak from a hunger strike. Dhiab is demanding that he be allowed to leave the South American country. Uruguay took in Dhiab and five other former Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement in 2014. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this May 5, 2015 photo, former Guantanamo detainee Abu Wa'el Dhiab from Syria sits in front of the U.S. embassy while visiting former fellow detainees who were demanding financial assistance from the U.S., in Montevideo, Uruguay. Dhiab, who resettled in Uruguay, was briefly hospitalized Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, after becoming weak from a hunger strike. Dhiab is demanding that he be allowed to leave the South American country. Uruguay took in Dhiab and five other former Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement in 2014. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    In this May 5, 2015 photo, former Guantanamo detainee Abu Wa'el Dhiab from Syria sits in front of the U.S. embassy while visiting former fellow detainees who were demanding financial assistance from the U.S., in Montevideo, Uruguay. Dhiab, who resettled in Uruguay, was briefly hospitalized Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, after becoming weak from a hunger strike. Dhiab is demanding that he be allowed to leave the South American country. Uruguay took in Dhiab and five other former Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement in 2014. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

A former Guantanamo detainee resettled in Uruguay has been briefly hospitalized after becoming weak from a hunger strike.

Abu Wa'el Dhiab is demanding that he be allowed to leave Uruguay.

Friend Jorge Voituret says Dhiab was hospitalized Monday night in Montevideo. Dhiab's government liaison, Christian Mirza, says he was released Tuesday.

Dhiab suffers health problems related to multiple hunger strikes and forced feedings while in U.S. custody. He went missing from Uruguay for weeks earlier this year, alarming officials in neighboring countries before he resurfaced in Venezuela. He was deported to Uruguay last week.

Uruguay took in Dhiab and five other former Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement in 2014.