Israeli forces set up roadblocks in Israel and the West Bank to prevent prisoners from escaping to Jordan
Israeli police said they arrested two of the six Palestinian inmates who escaped from the Gilboa Maximum Security Prison.
Police reports added that the authorities arrested them near the city of Nazareth on Friday.
The hunt for Palestinians escaping from Israeli prison began last Monday, after they dug a tunnel through which they exited.
This escape was the first in Israeli prisons in 20 years, and occurred as a result of what Israeli media described as a series of “fatal mistakes” made by Israeli officials.
Palestinian factions praised the escape from the Israeli prison, describing what happened as a “heroic act.”
Reports suggested that the prisoners escaped through a tunnel they succeeded in digging under the prison over a period of several months.
It is believed that the fugitives crawled inside this tunnel to the outer walls of the prison, and then began digging another tunnel to the middle of a dirt road under one of the watchtowers in this prison.
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The hole of the tunnel dug by the prisoners appeared in the middle of a dirt road outside Gilboa Prison
Surveillance cameras captured the prisoners emerging from the tunnel around 1:30 a.m. local time last Monday, but alarm bells went off at 4 a.m. after local residents near Gilboa Prison reported seeing “suspicious people” in the fields near the prison. .
And media outlets in Israel attributed this escape to a number of security failures by officials in the relevant authorities.
Those media reports mentioned some security mistakes that officials made, which include publishing the prison’s engineering design on the website of the architects involved in its construction, placing six prisoners from the West Bank city of Jenin in the same cell, and not operating jamming devices that prevent smuggled mobile phones from operating. To prisoners for use in communicating with people outside the prison.
And confirmed reports emerged that the guard who was in the watchtower near the exit of the tunnel was asleep while the six inmates escaped.
Five of the fugitives – Mahmoud al-Ardah, Muhammad al-Ardah, Ayham Kammaji, Yaqoub Qadri and Munadil Nafi’at – belong to the Islamic Jihad movement. Four of them are serving life sentences after being convicted of planning or carrying out attacks that killed Israelis.
The sixth fugitive, Zakaria Zubeidi, was a commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades in Jenin. He was arrested by the Israeli forces in 2019 on suspicion of involvement in a number of shootings, and he was brought to trial.
Dozens of Palestinians marched in solidarity with the families of Mahmoud al-Ardah and Yaqoub Qadri in the town of Arrabeh, south of Jenin, after they were re-arrested.
The Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission held the Israeli government fully responsible for the lives of the two