Middle East

Palestinians say 3 wounded at protests for prisoners

  • A Palestinian kicks a burning tire during clashes with Israeli forces following a rally in support of hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Beita, southeast of Nablus city, Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    A Palestinian kicks a burning tire during clashes with Israeli forces following a rally in support of hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Beita, southeast of Nablus city, Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli forces fire tear gas during clashes following a rally in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Beita, southeast of Nablus city, Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Israeli forces fire tear gas during clashes following a rally in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Beita, southeast of Nablus city, Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A masked Palestinian walks during clashes with Israeli forces following a support rally for prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Beita, southeast of Nablus city, Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    A masked Palestinian walks during clashes with Israeli forces following a support rally for prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Beita, southeast of Nablus city, Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

The Palestinian Health Ministry says at least three protesters were wounded at West Bank demonstrations in support of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel.

Spokesman Anas Diek said three were hospitalized, including one who was shot in the head by a rubber bullet and another who was hit in the knee by a tear gas canister Friday.

In Bethlehem, protesters waved photos of Marwan Barghouti the jailed leader who called for the strike.

Palestinians say up to 1,500 prisoners have been on a hunger strike for 12 days demanding better conditions.

Some 6,500 Palestinians are held by Israel for offenses ranging from stone throwing to deadly attacks. In 50 years of Israeli rule, hundreds of thousands have been jailed by Israel, affecting virtually all Palestinian families.

Israel's military had no immediate comment.