The occupation police, backed by border guards, the so-called anti-terror unit “Al-Yamam”, and army forces are continuing their pursuit of six Palestinian prisoners who managed to escape yesterday, Monday, from Gilboa Prison, west of the city of Beit She’an, one of the most fortified Israeli prisons.
Al-Jazeera correspondent Elias Karam stated that the occupation police set up more than 200 checkpoints in an attempt to track down the fugitive prisoners, as they check the identities of drivers on the roads, and search suspicious cars.
The police established a joint operations room with the occupation army forces to focus search efforts, and the internal intelligence service known as the “Shin Bet” is participating with all its technological capabilities in an effort to reach the tip of a thread leading to the location of the prisoners’ escape.
The police have issued an injunction imposing a complete blackout on the details of the investigation for an entire month.
Preliminary investigations indicated that the surveillance cameras installed on the towers of Gilboa prison monitored the moment the prisoners came out of the tunnel opening, but none of the wardens in the control room did not notice this and did not declare a state of emergency. The tunnel had fallen asleep at that hour and had not noticed the escape process.
In the meantime, the Israeli Prison Service has so far evacuated 90 Palestinian prisoners from Gilboa Prison, which will be subject to a large-scale inspection in the coming days in search of other tunnels that may have been dug under the prisoners’ cells.
The escape of the six prisoners at dawn yesterday, Monday, constituted a resounding scandal in Israel, and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett considered it a serious matter that called for a review of the security system as a whole.
The Great Escape
Tel Aviv announced on Monday morning that 6 Palestinian prisoners managed to escape at dawn through a tunnel they dug in Gilboa Prison, which is one of the most fortified prisons of the occupation.
The six prisoners who managed to escape are: Zakaria Zubeidi, the former commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (affiliated with the Palestinian National Liberation Movement “Fatah”) in Jenin camp, and 5 prisoners of Islamic Jihad from the Jenin area: Munadil Yaqoub Infaat, Muhammad Qasim Ardah, and Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri, Ayham Fouad Kammaji, and Mahmoud Abdullah Ardah.
In a preventive measure and to reduce the repercussions of the failures, the Prison Authority issued an order to prepare for the distribution of prisoners in the section where the six prisoners were, and is also working to transfer about 400 prisoners from Gilboa to other prisons, saying that “there are fears that there are other tunnels that can be used in More prisoners escape.
A march in which Palestinian citizens and representatives of a number of factions, including the Islamic Jihad and Fatah movement, participated in the Jenin camp and roamed the streets of the city in support of the six prisoners who escaped from Gilboa prison. Participants in the march expressed their joy, and a number of representatives of the factions confirmed that the Palestinian people will be the incubator of the six prisoners, warning Israel not to harm them.