The U.S. military sent home two more war-on-terror detainees, both to Algeria, and canceled Red Cross visits to other prisoners Tuesday ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Gustav at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The latest transfer reduced the prison camps' population to ''approximately 260,'' according to a short announcement issued Tuesday by the Pentagon.
It provided no details on the second repatriation of the long-held captives to the North African nation.
Guantanamo naval station and prison camp officers were battening down the hatches to prepare for hurricane-strength winds that could buffet the 45-square-mile base on Wednesday morning.
At the sprawling detention center compound overlooking the Caribbean, guards were poised to move a few captives from open-air cells at Camp Delta to hardened steel and cement buildings called Camps 5 and 6.
The open-air cells, made of welded steel and metal mesh, are technically strong enough to withstand hurricane winds. But guards could move the detainees as a precaution, depending on a late afternoon hurricane update.
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