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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday April 17, 2013.

One boy injured by the Israeli army fire in southern West Bank and protests organized marking the political prisoners day. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tunes.

A Palestinian youth was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the head on Wednesday during clashes with the army in Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Local sources said that the youth was injured after the army attacked Palestinians marking April 17, the Palestinian Prisoners Day.

According to witnesses the army fired dozens of rubber-coated metal bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades, and added that dozens have been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation.

Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza marked on Wednesday the prisoners’ day with protests at a number of cities.

This year the day comes as four prisoners are on hunger strike protesting the Israeli army ill-treatment and the administrative detention which the Israeli army uses to hold Palestinians for long time without charges.

Today the Palestinian ministry for political detainees affairs announced that the Israeli army has arrested 800 thousand Palestinians since it occupied the West Bank and Gaza in 1967.

Moreover Palestinian political detainees held by Israel announced today a one day hunger strike and sent a letter to the Israel army demanding to be treated as prisoners of war.

The prisoners warned that if their demand is not met within 45 days they step up their protests.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday April 17th news round-up 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, Ghassan Bannoura.