Prison medical staff said 45 of the 166 captives were considered hunger strikers Tuesday but predicted the figure would rise because Navy medical staff had identified an undisclosed number of additional captives who might be candidates for tube feedings now that the captives were under lockdown.
And on Wednesday morning it did. The military reported that it considered 52 of the captives to be hunger strikers and that 15 were being force fed. Three were hospitalized, Durand said, but none had "life-threatening conditions."
No captives weight had dipped below 100 pounds, said a Navy officer in charge of prison camp health facilities who gave her pseudonym as Lt. Hermoine.
In the latest measure of the mounting tensions, the chief medical officer said that two men had attempted to commit suicide by strangulation over the weekend one Saturday night while under lockdown at the former communal camp hours after the raid. Neither suffered brain damage. One man fashioned a laundry bag and shirt into a noose, and was found with marks on his neck. Another managed to strangle himself using something that was hanging in his cell, said Navy Capt. Richard Stoltz, the chief of medical services for everyone on the base from prisoners to guards to children of sailors.
Meantime, civilian lawyers complained Tuesday that they had been denied emergency trips or phone calls to check on their hunger-striking clients.
The military is closing ranks and restricting access to clients, said federal defender Carlos Warner, who represents several captives whove never been charged with a crime. They dont want the public to know what happened during its raid.
Warner and other lawyers had wanted the military to negotiate with the hunger-striking prisoners, and to let them turn over their Qurans to the U.S. military. Durand, the spokesman, said the troops refused to take the Qurans because that could be construed as an admission of desecration.
The chief of the guard force, Bogdan, had earlier told reporters that the military had not at all lost control of the communal prison.
But once the captives used cereal boxes and other material to cover up 147 of the 160 cameras inside the cellblocks the military had simply lost the ability to monitor them 100 percent.
Bogdan, speaking to reporters for the first time since the prison camps hunger strike and non-compliance crisis, offered a confusing explanation of what went on in the raid but said that some of his troops were armed with shotguns with less-than-lethal ammunition, cartridges loaded with rubber pellets as well as single rubber-tip bullets. He could not offer a clear explanation of how many of the less than 70 captives met U.S. soldiers with weapons as they burst into different recreation yards.
He started off describing the figure as 8 to 12 but then described a series of events that added up to 48, or the majority of communal captives, resisting troops in riot gear pushing their way in with shields.
Four U.S. soldiers were counted as injured: Two guards suffered head wounds despite wearing helmets, and two others got splashed with the blood of a captive who, commanders said, whacked his head against a cell door on purpose, and required three sutures. No guards were hospitalized.
Five prisoners were wounded: One captive had to have rubber pellets removed from his flank; the captive with the head wound; another with a swollen elbow; and two with abrasions to a forearm and chest, respectively. None of them were hospitalized, either.