Four of the six prison fugitives were in jail for life in connection with deadly attacks against Israelis; Israel cancels family visits for Palestinian prisoners, following violent riots that broke out in jails across Israel

Escaped security prisoners said to have dug tunnel from their cell’s shower
by Staff
September 9, 2021

The six Palestinian security prisoners who escaped Gilboa Prison earlier this week dug a tunnel from the shower basin in their cell, according to initial findings by the Israel Prisons Service, reported Thursday night by the Kan public broadcaster. The same prison saw an attempted jailbreak in 2014, in which inmates tried to dig a tunnel under their toilet…The six escaped from the high-security prison in northern Israel in the predawn hours of Monday morning, making their way out through their cell’s drainage system in one of the most severe prison breaks in the country’s history, and prompting a massive manhunt in northern Israel and the West Bank. READ MORE

JNS Yaakov Lappin: Could Gilboa Prison escape help spark another intifada? Palestinian security prisoners also broke out of an Israeli prison in 1987, an incident that Col. (res.) David Hacham, a former Arab affairs adviser to Israeli defense ministers, said was one of the catalysts for the outbreak of the First Intifada.

JERUSALEM POST Security forces gear up for more violence, as manhunt continues Israel’s defense establishment is preparing for an escalation in violence in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as the manhunt continues for six security prisoners who escaped from Gilboa Prison earlier this week. The IDF has reinforced the West Bank with four battalions with a focus on the area of Jenin and the border with Jordan, two locations to where the fugitives could have run.

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