[Pnews] Six Palestinian Prisoners Escape Israeli Prison Through Tunnel : Palestinians celebrate

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Palestinian Prisoners Escape Israeli Prison Through Tunnel : Palestinians
September 6, 2021


The Palestinians in Jenin celebrated the success of escaping operation of
six Palestinian prisoners from an Israeli prison, where they were
imprisoned and sentenced to life.

In a statement made shortly after the event, the Islamic Jihad called the
escape “heroic” and added that it will “shock the Israeli defense system.”

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum praised the fugitives saying “the escape
proves the bravery of these prisoners, achieving freedom despite such
strict security measures. It’s a heroic and impressive action.”

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 mujadin 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 six Palestinian prisoners escaped from Israeli Gilboa Prison in the
West Bank overnight Sunday, according to the Israel Prisons Service and
Israeli media reports.

Prison officials surmise that the six escaped via a tunnel leading outside
the prison walls that they had managed to dig over the past few months.

It was discovered that the six prisoners had escaped at around 4 A.M.
during a headcount.


The Shin Bet reported the inmates coordinated with collaborators outside
the prison using a smuggled cellphone and had an escape car waiting for
them. They were first noticed by local farmers who notified the

Three of six prisoners have previously been found to present a high flight
risk. The prisoners include Palestinians who previously carried out attacks
against Israel. Amongst the fugitives is Zakaria Zabidi, the former leader
of Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, who is responsible for a 2002 attack at a
Likud party branch.

Since the manhunt commenced, the IOF has set up roadblocks in the West Bank
in an attempt to stop the prisoners from escaping into Jenin city in the
West Bank or to Jordan, and police officers, Shin Bet personnel, and
soldiers have been deployed in the search.

Helicopters of IOF participate in hunt after 6 terrorists who escaped

An investigation into the incident is underway, said the Prisons Service.
An official from the Israel Prison Service described the breach as “a major
security and intelligence failure.”

About 400 Gilboa prisoners to be transferred to other prisons

Fear of additional tunnels: About 400 Gilboa prison inmates will be
transferred to all prisons in the country in the coming hours, with an
emphasis on prisons in the south, Galei Tzahal reported.
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