Activists and Uruguayan officials say the health of a former Guantanamo detainee resettled in the South American country is deteriorating as he continues a hunger strike at his home.

Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab is demanding to leave Uruguay, which took him in with five other former Guantanamo prisoners in 2014.

Alejandra De Bittencourt is a spokeswoman for a support group holding a vigil outside Dhiab's Montevideo apartment. She spoke about his case Friday.

Dhiab's government liaison Christian Mirza characterized his health as "delicate." A doctor visited Dhiab Friday but did not comment on his situation.

Uruguay's government said this week that it was searching for another country to take Dhiab. He has threatened to die on his hunger strike unless he was allowed to reunite with his family abroad.