Refugees begged for ride from Arab city to West Bank, but were refused

After breaking out of the maximum-security Gilboa prison earlier this week, the six Palestinian fugitives led on foot for the nearby Arab city of Na’ura, about 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) from the jail, where they begged several residents for drive them to the city of Jenin in the West Bank, but were refused, Hebrew media reported on Sunday.

Quoting details leaked of the Shin Bet interrogation of the four escaped who have been recaptured, met name of infamous terror Commander Zakaria Zubeidi, the reports detailed the fugitives first actions in the first hours after the escape.

After being rejected by local residents, six spent less than an hour in a local mosque where they showered and changed clothes before departure out of the city. Israeli investigators initially thought they had spent the night there.

Police have arrested two of the fugitives in Nazareth on Friday night. Hours later, two others – including Zubeidi – were arrested in the nearby town of Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam. In both cases, Arab Israelis who encountered the fugitives, reported the suspicious sightings to the authorities, in their capture.

The reports highlighted the residents’ refusal to bring Zubeidi and his accomplices to the West Bank, as yet another example. of Arab burgers refuse to be complicit in the escape, and also of the intentions of the fugitives to try to reach the West Bank.

After reportedly hearing that a significant amount of security forces were deployed along the border with the West Bank, the six fugitives decided to split up in three pairs, and go into hiding in Northern Israel.

Refugees begged for ride from Arab city to West Bank, but were refused

Israeli Border Police in the village of Find Nau’ra for six Palestinian fugitives who escapes from high security prison in northern Israel, on September 7, 2021. (Flash90)

the canoe public broadcaster reported that while the four who have been recaptured largely cooperate in their interrogations were unable to give specific details on the location of the last two escapees.

However, the reports said the security forces believed they were constricting in on the location of the last two — Iham Kamamji and Munadil Nafiyat — both of who are members? of the Islamic Jihad terror group, with focus searches on the Jezreel Valley and Jenin in the West Bank.

Haaretz reported on Sunday that Israel apparently has surveillance footage of one of the suspects stab through an opening in the security fence at the village of jalameh in the northern West Bank.

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev alluded to this in an interview on Channel 12 news on Saturday: “The estimate is that one managed to reach the West Bank. The other one could be on of side of the Green Line,” he said. “We’ll catch them,” he added.

“It’s only a matter” of time for the defense the establishment reaches out to the other two terrorists,” said Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi said: on Sunday.

“We won’t stop until they’re caught,” Kohavi said. added.

An Israeli soldier takes a position in along the border between the northern West Bank near Jenin and Israel as they search for two Palestinians who broke out of An maximum-safety prison last week, on a road leading to the city in the West Bank of jenin, in near Gan Ner Israel, Sunday September 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

However, Kan said there was growing concern that efforts to capture the fugitives would become many more complicated if they have indeed passed in reaching the overcrowded Jenin refugee camp.

That would necessitate an IDF raid, which would not only increase the chances of Israeli victims but also make a lot of it more hard to capture they live, with Israel on guard of make them martyrs, given how they have already idolized by the Palestinians public for the daring escape.

Killing the two would also probably spark Islamic Jihad revenge attack, possibly leading to an escalation in violence, Kan quoted security officials as saying.

Heavy gunfire was heard in the Jenin region on Sunday, when Israeli security forces reportedly went down fire during the manhunt for two.

Palestinian media reports claimed gunmen had opened fire towards Israeli troops in near the city of Arakah, west of the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank.

But a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces told the Times of Israel that the army was not informed of the incident.

Zakaria Zubeidi, a notorious Fatah terrorist recaptured after burglary out of Gilboa Prison with five other security prisoners, arrives for a court hearing in Nazareth, on September 11, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Apart from Zubeidi, a commander in Al-Aqsa Martyr Brigade of Fatah terror group, who used to be in prison while on process for two dozen crimes, including attempted murder, the other five were all members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Yaqoub Qadiri and Mahmoud al-Arida, the latter reported to be the mastermind of the jailbreak, were arrested in the northern city of Nazareth on Friday night.

Al-Arida, considered a senior member of Islamic Jihad, was imprisoned for life for terrorist activities, including attacks in die soldiers were killed. qadiri was also serve life terms for acts of terrorism including the murder of an Israeli in 2004. Both men were reportedly involved in a 2014 attempt to break out of Gilboa.

Zubeidi and Mohammed al-Arida, the younger brother of the reported mastermind of jailbreak, were subsequently recaptured by Israeli anti-terror police officers in near the northern city of Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam around 5 am on Saturday.

The younger al-Arida was arrested in 2002 on terror crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment in prison.

Two of the six prisoners who escaped Gilboa prison, Yaquob Qadiri (L) and Mahmoud al-Arida, seen after being recaptured in the northern city of Nazareth on September 10, 2021 (Police)

Kamamji was serving a life sentence at the time of Monday escape, for killing an 18-year-old Israeli in 2006, a murder allegedly he spoke proudly in.

Nafayat is not in charged with An crime except being a member of Islamic Jihad, and was held under Israel’s practice of administrative detention, die allows to lock up suspects without charge in to serve.

The six escaped from the prison of Gilboa in the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning, making their way out by the drainage of their cell system and an empty one space below the prison.

The escape exposed to series of malfunctions at the prison, and Public Security Minister Barlev said: on Thursday that he decided to make a government committee to investigate the incident.

Among the apparent errors were: failure to learn lessons from previous escape attempts and different operational blunders, including unmanned watchtowers and sleeping guards.

Time of Israeli staff contributed to this report.

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