Six convicted terrorists escaped from high-security prison in Northern Israel in Dawn hours of Monday morning, tunneling their tunnel way out by the drainage of their cell system in one of the worst prison breaks in the countries history and trigger a massive manhunt in Northern Israel and the West Bank, security services said.
Big numbers of police forces were called to area around Gilboa Prison, located in the northwest of Beit She’an, near the sea of Galilee, and were looking for the six fugitives with the help of drones and helicopters. The military and Shin Bet were also help search for the suspects, and checkpoints were set up in the area.
The six refugees were all in jail for life in link with deadly to attack against Israelis, and they were all considered very dangerous. Three of they had tried escape in the past, according to Hebrew media reports.
The commander of Israel Police’s Northern District said there were no security advisories in place for Residents of the area after the incident, but urged them to exercise increased vigilance.
“There is no reason to change your routines, but there will be large numbers of troops in the cities of Afula and Beit She’an and in other cities. I do ask for extra awareness of something suspicious,” said Shimon Ben Shabo, Northern District chief in a statement.
The Israel Prisons Service said: escape happened around 1:30 am on Monday. Police received reports over suspect people traveling in the area of the prison around 3 a.m.
“Six prisoners have fled” of a gap die was discovered in their cell,” said a prison service statement.
When searching the men’s cell, researchers found the opening – just big enough for a grown man pass by — dug in in the floor of their bathroom. It was not immediately known how the man dug through the concrete and metal rebar floor, while not even metal spoons in the cells are admitted, although the prison service has been covered for a long time with extensive and sometimes even extensive smuggling operations into its facilities.
After apparently entering the prisonde drain network, the men exited through another tunnel in a road on South side of the prison.
The Israel Prisons Service said it had decided to prepare to release the other security prisoners in send the Gilboa Prison to other facilities. in Israel as a precaution.
Israeli officials believe that the six will try to flee to Jordan of to Jenin, like all of the fugitives come from it city of nearby villages.
“IDF soldiers are prepared and distributed out over the entire West Bank,” the military said.
The military also place checkpoints in place in the whole Jenin area.
The men were spotted walking along the road in near the? prison around 3 a.m., in anyway asked one man om call the police.
” L just beyond the prison and I saw something suspicious people walk around. maybe you should tell them to do a patrol of something like that,” the man told the police, according to a recording of the call that was shared on social media.
The man said the suspicious men seemed to run to the east of the prison, towards Beit She’an and the Jordanian border.
An of the escaped prisoners was Zakaria Zubeidi, a former commander in Jenin of Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, who was convicted in multiple deadly to attack. Zubeidi was a leading terrorist figure during the Second Intifada, but was awarded amnesty by Israel in 2007. This was withdrawn in 2011 and Zubeidi stayed on the run to his arrest in 2019. He was charged for a number of attacks, including some of shootings in 2018 and 2019, as well as for some of his activities during the Second Intifada. He was detained in Gilboa Prison Through Duration of his process.
The prison services identified the other five as members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, all from cities in near the northern West Bank city of Jenin: Munadil Nafayat, 26, from Yaabad; Mahmoud and Mohammad al-Arida, both from Arraba; Iham Kahamji, 35, of Kufr Dan; and Yaqoub Qadiri, 49, of Deir al-Basha.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Public Security Minister Omer Barlev, who is responsible for both the Israel Prison Service and the Israel Police were both notified of the escape And his in constant contact with the relevant officials, their offices said.
Festive gunfire was reported in Jenin next reports of the prison pause.
— חדשות (@kann_news) September 6, 2021
Islamic Jihad officials described the escape as “an utterance” failure for the occupying army” and as a “powerful blow to the Israeli military and all Israel system” in comments to Hezbollah allied al-Mayadeen news network.
The in Gaza ruling Hamas terror group greeted the escape as “a brave and heroic act.”
“[This is] a victory for the will and determination of U.S heroic prisoners, and a real challenge to Zionist security system, whose occupation boasts as the best in the worldsaid Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum in a statement.
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