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Israeli police recapture 4 of six escaped Palestinian prisoners

The first two have been arrested on Friday night in Nazareth, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Gilboa jail the place the breakout occurred, whereas two different escapees have been picked up within the early hours of Saturday within the village of Umm Al-Ghanam, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the jail.

Photos and video circulating on social media Friday night present the primary two males — Mahmoud Al-Ardda and Yacoub Al-Qadri — sitting individually in police autos as officers safe them following their arrest.

A police assertion on Saturday mentioned Zakaria Zubeidi and Mohammed Al-Ardda have been present in a truck parking zone after an operation involving troopers, police and intelligence officers.

Video launched by police confirmed the 2 males — blindfolded and handcuffed – being walked to police autos following their arrest.

News of the recapture will ease the stress barely on Israeli authorities left reeling after it emerged the six males have been in a position to reap the benefits of underground passageways constructed to hold the jail’s drainage system to assist their escape

Israeli media has additionally reported that jail watchtowers have been left unmanned, or guards have been asleep, because the breakout occurred. Authorities haven’t confirmed these reviews.

The village of Umm Al-Ghanam where two of the six escapees were recaptured by Israeli police on September 11, 2021.
A photo provided by Israel Police shows Zakaria Zubeidi being arrested by Israeli police officers in Umm al Ghanam.

It additionally emerged within the Israeli media that the jail blueprints, exhibiting the passageways, had been uploaded onto the Internet by the constructing architects, although it isn’t identified if the prisoners took benefit of the data of their escape.

Five of the boys are members of the militant Islamic Jihad group. Mohammed Al-Ardda and Mahmoud Al-Ardda are brothers. Zubeidi is a former commander of the armed wing of the most important Palestinian faction, Fatah.

The escape has prompted enhanced safety measures at Israeli prisons, together with the motion of prisoners to different services, based on a spokesperson for the Israel Prison Service, who mentioned Palestinian prisoners have rioted and set hearth to their cells in protest.

In a improvement nearly definitely supposed as a response to the boys’s recapture, a rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel late Friday night. The launch was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial protection system, the navy mentioned, and there have been no reviews of any harm.

In a retaliatory strike, the Israeli navy mentioned it had attacked a Hamas machine gun publish, storage web site, and navy compound in Gaza.

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The escape of the six prisoners has captured the total consideration of Israelis and Palestinians all week. For many Palestinians, the jail break has change into an emblem of resistance. Mustafa Barghouti, a long-time unbiased voice in Palestinian politics, mentioned information that a few of the males had been recaptured “does not diminish their heroic achievement.”

“Six militants fought, and are still fighting, with their bare hands for days in a valiant battle against the Israeli army and all its security services and technical and financial capabilities,” he mentioned.

Israel’s Public Security Minister Omer Barlev thanked safety forces for his or her efforts in recapturing 4 of the six males and vowed the 2 remaining escapees would even be caught.

And he additionally confirmed reviews in Israeli media that Arab residents of Israel had helped police of their manhunt, tweeting, “I would like to thank the Israeli Arab citizens who assisted in catching the prisoners. For four days, the fugitives roamed, believing that they would find shelter and help among Israeli Arabs – but they were wrong. Wherever they went and were identified, Arab citizens rejected their plea and dialed the police. Well done to all responsible citizens!”

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