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Israel Police hunting for 6 Palestinian prisoners who tunneled out of jail

CM 06/09/2021


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A massive manhunt is underway for six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from the Gilboa prison in Israel’s North using a tunnel.
Police, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Border Police and troops from two IDF companies as well as Special Forces are taking part in the manhunt, and have placed roadblocks in the West Bank. Security forces are also utilizing special units in the search involving dogs and aerial support.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that troops in the West Bank have been alerted to the escape and are on high alert. 
Police are investigating the possibility that the escapees may have managed to escape to Jenin or Jordan.
The six prisoners shared a cell, which is where they dug the tunnel over the course of a month, using a rusty spoon that they hid behind a poster.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Interior Minister Omer Bar-Lev and said that this was a “serious incident that will require the efforts of all security services.”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz held a situational assessment with Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman, IDF Operations Division head Maj.-Gen. Oded Basiuk and Central Command head Maj.-Gen. Yehuda Fuchs following the escape.
Gantz was updated on both the intelligence and operational efforts to find the prisoners and ordered that troops at border crossings and crossings in the Seam Zone be reinforced, a statement from his office said.
Another situational assessment will be held later in the day.

The escape tunnel dug by the prison escapees with discarded clothes in it. (Credit: IPS Spokesperson)

A senior police official said that this is one of the worst incidents of this kind to have ever happened in the country.
The six were high-security prisoners who were all in jail with life sentences in connection with deadly terror attacks against Israelis but managed to escape by using a tunnel they had dug under the floor of their cell’s bathroom over the course of at least two months.
The six prisoners shared a cell and used a rusty spoon that they hid behind a poster to dig the tunnel.
According to Hebrew media reports, three of them had attempted to escape in the past.
The escape, which began around 3.30 a.m., was reportedly discovered when a farmer saw the six prisoners running in his field and notified the police. 

 View of the Shita prison, located next to Gilboa,and intended for 800 primarily security convicts. (credit: MOSHE SHAI/FLASH90) View of the Shita prison, located next to Gilboa,and intended for 800 primarily security convicts. (credit: MOSHE SHAI/FLASH90)

The Israel Prison Service (IPS) released the names and affiliations of the escaped prisoners.
One of the escapees is Zakaria Zubeidi, a Fatah commander who was responsible for multiple terror attacks and for killing many Israelis.
Zubeidi was arrested by the Shin Bet in 2019 following intelligence that he was planning a serious attack in the West Bank and for two shooting attacks against Israeli buses in the West Bank near Beit El and Psagot.
He was once considered a “symbol of the Intifada,” but renounced militancy over a decade ago and was awarded clemency by Israel after he agreed to give up arms.

Fatah's ZAKARIA ZUBEIDI 370 (credit: Reuters)Fatah’s ZAKARIA ZUBEIDI 370 (credit: Reuters)

The other five escapees were identified as Munadil Nafayat, Iham Kahamji, Yaquob Qadiri and brothers Mahmoud and Mohammed al-Arida. They are all members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and from towns near Jenin.
In a statement, PIJ called the escape “heroic” and that it was “an utter failure for the occupation army.”
Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum was quoted by Shehab News Agency as saying that the escape is a “great victory that proves that the will and determination of the resistance fighters and mujahedin cannot be defeated regardless of the challenges” and that the “Zionist enemy has never and will never win, no matter how much power it possesses. The struggle for freedom from the occupier continues.”
The IPS said it would be sending the other security prisoners at Gilboa Prison to other facilities across the country as a precautionary measure in case there are other tunnels.
This is a developing story. Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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