Police say Israel caught two more fledgling Palestinian militants

Protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, in West Bank
Protests in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons in the West Bank
Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces during a protest in solidarity with prisoners following the escape of six Palestinian militants from an Israeli prison in Beita, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on September 10, 2021.

September 11, 2021

by Rami Job

NAZARETH, Israel (Reuters) – Israeli forces on Saturday captured two of the six Palestinian militants who made a dramatic escape from a maximum-security Israeli prison this week, a police spokesman said.

Two men were found hiding in a truck parking lot near the city of Nazareth in an Arab village in northern Israel, where two others were captured hours earlier.

His Hollywood-style prison break on Monday, through a hole in the floor of his prison cell, delights Palestinians and embarrasses Israel.

Footage distributed by Israel Police showed officers leading two men, blindfolded and handcuffed, into a police vehicle for two more prisoners, who are still at large.

Six people have either been indicted or are suspected of planning or carrying out deadly attacks against Israel. Israeli officials have promised a thorough investigation into the apparent security lapses that allowed their escape.

One of those caught on Saturday morning was Zakaria Zubaidi, a high-profile former commander of Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade armed group in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Zubaidi, who once received an Israeli pardon, was arrested again in 2019 following his alleged involvement in further firing by Israel.

The other five prisoners are members of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group.

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

Israel says there are Palestinian terrorists involved in violent anti-Israel activities.

Palestinian factions said there would be repercussions for the capture of the men. Gaza militants fired a rocket toward Israel after the first two attacks on Friday, triggering Israeli airstrikes. -2021-09-10 in Enclave.

Possession could ignite further conflict.

(Reporting by Rami Job in Nazareth; Additional reporting by Mayan Lubel in Jerusalem; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and William Mallard)

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