Israel: six Palestinians escape from prison, including former military leader

Israeli police launched a massive manhunt at around 3 am on Monday to find the leaked detainees.

A resounding escape. Six Palestinian prisoners, including a former leader of the armed wing of the Fatah movement, escaped on Monday (September 6) before dawn from a prison in northern Israel, through a tunnel dug under a sink, officials said. .

In the wake of this escape, which took place at around 3 am (midnight GMT), Israeli police launched a vast scavenger hunt, supported by the army, which placed aerial observation devices at their disposal.

Israeli authorities did not reveal the identity of the fugitives, but the Palestinian Prisoners Club, a West Bank-based organization, identified them. Among them is Zakaria al-Zoubeidi, who until 2007 was head of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah under President Mahmoud Abbas.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called “very serious incident” this escape is indicated to be regularly informed about the hunting of fugitives. In a statement, Islamic Jihad, one of the main Palestinian armed movements, called for flight “heroic act”.

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