Jerusalem. Six Palestinian prisoners convicted of terrorism and considered dangerous in Israel escaped from Gilboa High Security Prison in the country’s northwest this morning, apparently digging a tunnel, Israeli officials confirmed.
A police spokesman said: “Following reports from Israeli prison services on the escape of six prisoners from Gilboa, a strong apparatus of police agents has launched a search and capture operation in conjunction with border police and army agents.”
According to the Hebrew press, one of the famous prisoner who escaped is Zakaria Zubaydi, a former commander in the city of Jenin of Fatah’s military wing, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, who was serving a sentence for several fatal attacks, including an attack on the city of Janin. Likud party headquarters in 2002 in which six people were killed.
The other five are members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad – considered terrorists by Israel and the US – also from Jenin in the north of the occupied West Bank, where celebratory sounds were heard on Monday morning.
This was not the first time he tried to escape from Gilboa Prison, located northwest of Beit Xi’an, near the Sea of Galilee, and it is “one of the most serious incidents” in recent memory of prisons in Israel. And who responds to “serious security and intelligence breaches,” according to prison sources.
Six, the cellmates, were serving life sentences for deadly attacks against Israelis and are considered too dangerous by Israeli authorities, who have deployed a fortified device in the area including helicopters, drones, special forces and dogs.
“During the night, we received reports that suspicious figures were seen in prison services crops up,” police spokesman Eli Levy told Cannes Public Radio, who quickly found that the prisoners were not in their cells and fled.
Prison officials were informed of the disappearance at around 4 a.m. local time (1.00 GMT) following reports that they may have fled hours earlier, though.
“Security officials in nearby communities are on alert about fleeing and checkpoints have been set up on all roads in the area,” police said.
In another statement, the military indicated that they had assigned an aircraft for aerial observation operations and that additional troops were already stationed in the occupied West Bank, where the fugitives are and where they could have escaped.
It is also believed that they may have fled to Jordan, whose border is close to the prison.
“The escape of six Palestinian prisoners from an Israeli prison in Gilboa this morning is the most heroic act that will sharply shake the Zionist security system and is a serious blow to the occupied security forces and the entire Israeli regime,” Palestinian Islamic Jihad said. The movement in the Gaza Strip said in a statement.