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TODAY   |  May 06, 2013

Guantanamo prisoners call force feeding ‘agony’

New photos from Guantanamo show the chair where hunger-striking detainees are being force fed through tubes, as the White House has yet to outline a plan to fulfill their pledge of closing down the prison. NBC’s Michael Isikoff reports.

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>>> u.s. officials are grappling with a spreading hunger strike at a prison at guantanamo bay as the president vows for new efforts to shut is down. michael isikoff has more.

>> reporter: new video where detainees are strapped and force fed .

>> his eyes begin to water as it goes through his throat his gag reflexes begin to happen.

>> reporter: 100 of the 166 detainees are now on the hunger strike , 23 being force fed . the military says it is a legally approved procedure necessary to save lives. president obama pledged to renew his efforts to shut down the prison.

>> the idea we would still maintain forever a group of individuals who have not been tried, that is contrary to who we are.

>> reporter: but a top republican said sunday the white house has yet to detail what it would do with the detainees.

>> there's been no coherent plan presented to the congress.

>> reporter: military officials rushed medical personnel to the prison and moved detainees from communal quarters into solitary confinement just as they were held when guan tan know was opened 11 years ago.