Palestinian prisoners escape from Israel’s most secure prison through tunnel

05:30 PM | 6 Sep, 2021
Palestinian prisoners escape from Israel’s most secure prison through tunnel
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TEL AVIV – Israeli police have launched a search operation to find six Palestinian prisoners, who managed to escape from a high-security prison in Gilboa in one of the rare breakouts.

Media reports said the men, who were political prisoners, shared the same detention cell where they dug a tunnel below a toilet and crawled their way out of what is dubbed as most secure prison.

The Palestinian prisoners have been identified as Zakariye Zubeidi, 46, Monadel Yacoub Nafe’at, 26, Yaqoub Qassem, Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri, 49, Ayham Nayef Kamamji, 35, and Mahmoud Abdullah Ardah, 46.

Most of them, according to reports, were serving life sentences in the jail since long.

Israeli police spokesperson told media, “Overnight, we received a number of reports about suspicious figures in agricultural fields and from the prison service, which discovered very quickly that prisoners were missing from their cells and that six escaped”.

He said that search operation is underway to trace the Palestinians.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum described the escape a heroic act, adding that the struggle for freedom with the occupier is continuous and extended, inside and outside prisons.

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