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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday September 17th, 2012.

Murderers of Italian activist, Vittorio Arrigoni to face life imprisonment, and the PA is taking measures to ease the financial hardships of the Palestinians, these stories and more, coming, up, stay tuned.

The murderers of the Italian peace activists, Vittorio Arrigoni, were sentenced to life terms in prison after being found guilty of kidnapping and killing Arrigoni.

A Gaza military court sentenced two of the indicted to life terms, meanwhile a third was sentenced to ten years for taking part in the kidnapping, and a fourth for one year for hiding the suspects.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza attended the court representing the family of Vittorio since the beginning of the trial on August 11, 2011.

The centre said they have demanded the court to refrain from sentencing the suspects to death penalty if they were indicted, as the Center opposes death penalty in principle. This also was based on a request from Vittorio’s family.

Vittorio was kidnapped by a previously unknown group on April 14, 2011 and was found dead one day after. Few days later, three of those involved in his killing were shot dead in an exchange of fire with the Hamas police in Gaza.

In other news, Palestinian Minister of National Economy told media agencies that the Ministry is taking measures that will lead to lower the prices of the basic materials. Such steps are results of the public pressure mounted against the increase of living costs in the Palestinian areas.

Minister Jawad Naji said the ministry will monitor the prices and will set price ceiling so that merchants will not raise the prices to a level that will create a burden on the customers.

Palestinian prisoner Samer Al-Barq was transferred to intensive care unit in Israeli jail hospital after a serious deterioration in his health condition after being on hunger strike for 117 days.

His lawyer, Jawad Poulus said Al-Barq is facing death as he is suffering a serious malfunction of a number of his internal organs. He added that prisoner Hasan Safadi who is on hunger strike for 88 days is also facing a serious health deterioration.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society held Israel responsible for any further consequences on this matter.

That’s all from Palestine Today; This was the Monday September 17th round-up of news from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, George Rishmawi.