A US judge has ordered the public release of 28 videotapes of a hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay prisoner being force fed. Abu Wael Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner, has been held at the navy-run prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since August 2002. His lawyers claim his treatment has been abusive. Numerous news-media outlets had asked the court on June 20 to unseal the videotapes, which are classified "secret". US district court Judge Gladys Kessler has now granted the media's request, although Kessler said faces other than Dhiab's would be obscured, as would voices and names. The government could appeal her ruling. Dhiab's lawyer, Jon Eisenberg, said the decision "will enable the American people to see with their own eyes the sorts of abuses that are being heaped on these peacefully hunger-striking detainees". Dhiab was told in the spring he would be resettled in Uruguay, along with five other Guantanamo prisoners. But as the months have dragged on and the transfer put on hold, his stand-off with military officials has only deteriorated, at times turning violent. On Thursday, the judge rejected a request by the administration of President Barack Obama to close a hearing into Dhiab's case set for tomorrow.