[Pnews] Who are the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from Gilboa prison?

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Who
are the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from Gilboa prison?September
6, 2021
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The escape has been described as a 'major security and intelligence
failure' by the country's police apparatus

(L-R) Zakaria Zubeidi, Mahmoud Ardah, Yaqoub Qadri, Mohamed Qassem Ardah,
Munadil Yaqoub Nfeiat, Ayham Nayef Kmamji (Sources: AFP and social media)

Published date: 6 September 2021 12:20 UTC | Last update: 21 mins 2 secs ago


The escape of six Palestinian prisoners from the maximum-security Israeli
prison of Gilboa has been described as “a major security and intelligence
failure” by the country’s police apparatus.

On Monday, Israel’s intelligence agency Shin Bet said the six Palestinian
men had coordinated with people outside the prison using a smuggled mobile
phone and successfully fled the prison via a tunnel. They had an escape car
waiting for them.

Arik Yaacov, Israel Prison Service's (IPS) northern commander, said the
escapees appeared to have opened a hole from their cell toilet floor to
access passages formed during the prison's construction.

National police spokesman Eli Levy told Kan Radio that a search is
currently under way for the escapees, who are believed to be trying to
reach the nearby West Bank, the Israeli-occupied territory where the
Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule, or the Jordanian border.

Israel’s prison service said the six prisoners were serving their sentences
together in Cell no. 5, Section 2 of Gilboa Prison, noting that three of
them had tried to escape in the past.

[image: six prisoners IDs]
IDs of the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped on Monday from Israel's
Gilboa prison (social media)

Following reports of the prison break, the Palestinian Authority’s
Commission for Prisoners' and Ex-Prisoners' Affairs called on rights groups
and international NGOs, specifically the International Committee of the Red
Cross, to immediately visit Gilboa prison and reveal the fate of more than
400 prisoners who were reportedly transferred to unknown locations after
Monday's incident.

The commission warned that any retaliation against the six escapees, if
captured by Israeli authorities, “may lead to a real explosion inside and
outside prisons”.

"The escape stems from the Israeli injustice imposed on our male and female
prisoners in the occupation’s prisons,” it added, pointing out that the
prisoners are routinely subjected to life-threatening conditions in custody.

The Palestinian Prisoners' Club has published
<https://www.facebook.com/prisonerssociety/photos/pb.140003339397707.-2207520000../4413963625334969/?type=3&theater>
details
of the six prisoners, listed below:
Zakaria Zubeidi

Zubeidi, 46, from Jenin camp, is a well-known Palestinian resistance
figure. He is the former commander of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a
military apparatus affiliated with the Fatah movement. He had been in jail
since 2019 on charges of engaging in armed activities against Israel, years
after agreeing to lay down his arms in 2007.
Mahmoud Abdullah Ardah

Ardah, 46, is from Jenin. He was the leader of the Gilboa prison escape
operation, according to the Palestinian armed group al-Quds Brigades
<https://saraya.ps/prisoner/41/%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%88%D8%AF-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%8A-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B6%D8%A9>.
He had been detained since 1996 and sentenced to life on charges of being a
member of al-Quds Brigades and of involvement in the killing of Israeli
soldiers. He reportedly tried to escape in 2014 from Shata prison by
digging a tunnel, but his plan was unsuccessful.
Mohamed Qassem Ardah

Ardah, 39, is from Jenin. He had been detained since 2002 and sentenced to
life on charges of belonging to al-Quds Brigades and of involvement in the
killing of Israeli soldiers.
Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri

Qadri, 49, is from Bir al-Basha, Jenin. He had been detained since 2003 and
sentenced to life on charges of belonging to al-Quds Brigades and killing
an Israeli settler. In 2014, he and a number of other prisoners, including
Mahmoud Abdullah Ardah, tried to escape from Shata prison through a tunnel,
but the attempt was unsuccessful.
Ayham Nayef Kamamji

Kamamji, 35, is from Kafr Dan. He had been detained since 2006 and
sentenced to life on charges of killing an Israeli settler and
participating in other armed activities against Israeli targets.
Munadil Yaqoub Nfeiat

Nfeiat, 26, is from Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin, and had been in jail since
2019 without charges.
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