Israeli police arrested two of the six Palestinian prison escapees

Israeli soldiers guard along a fence leading to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as part of search efforts to capture six Palestinian men who had escaped from Gilboa prison earlier this week, in northern Israel
Israeli soldiers stand guard along a fence leading to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as part of search efforts to capture six Palestinian men who escaped from Gilboa prison in northern Israel earlier this week
Israeli soldiers guard along a fence leading to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as part of search efforts to capture six Palestinian men who escaped from Gilboa prison earlier this week, by the village of Muqibla in northern Israel, September 9, 2021 give. REUTERS/ Ammar Awadhi

September 10, 2021

by Rami Job

NAZARETH, Israel (Reuters) – Two Palestinian terrorists, who were among six to break out of a maximum security Israeli prison this week, were caught on Friday on top of a biblical hill in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, police said.

The other four escapees were still at large during a massive search by Israeli forces in northern Israel, where the Arab city of Nazareth sits, and the occupied West Bank.

Six escapees – five of whom are members of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group and one with the mainstream Fatah party – are freed https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/six-palestinians-escape-high -security -israel-prisons-israel-radio-2021-09-06 By tunneling through a hole adjacent to the toilet of his cell in the early hours of Monday.

Israeli media reported that the two men captured on Mount Precipice were members of Islamic Jihad, and that police were tipped off by residents of Nazareth, who asked for food. The police did not reveal his identity.

Videos on social media showed Israeli officers putting two men behind separate police vehicles. Both the youths did not appear to resist the arrest.

The six fleeing men have either been convicted or suspected of planning or carrying out deadly attacks against Israel. Israel has vowed to capture all the men, and officials say they will investigate any lapses that allowed their escape.

Palestinians have protested in support of the men across the West Bank in East Jerusalem, seeing them as heroes in their struggle for statehood in the territory occupied in the 1967 Middle East War.

About 4 km (2 mi) from the border with the occupied West Bank, the facility the men fled is one of the highest-security prisons in Israel.

Those who fled include Zakaria Zubaidi, a former commander of Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade in the West Bank city of Jenin, who once received an Israeli pardon. Zubaidi was re-arrested by Israel in 2019 after his alleged involvement in new shooting attacks.

(Reporting by Rami Job; Editing by Jonathan Otis)

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