The Cradle
Six Palestinian prisoners stage daring escape from Israeli maximum security prison
Occupation authorities launch a massive manhunt for the escapees as Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip rejoice
By News Desk - September 06 2021
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Israeli occupation officials inspect a hole outside Gilboa prison used by six Palestinian detainees to escape. 6 September, 2021.

Six Palestinian prisoners broke out of an Israeli maximum security prison early on 6 September through a tunnel dug inside a prison cell, triggering a massive manhunt for the group as well as celebrations in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Authorities at Gilboa prison discovered prisoners were missing during a head count conducted after civilians reported seeing “suspicious figures” running near the prison walls at around 3am local time.

Prison staff later found an entrance to a tunnel under a toilet in a cell shared by the six escaped prisoners.

Occupation officials said the inmates used a smuggled cell phone to coordinate their escape, and that an escape car was waiting for them outside the prison.

Five of the fugitives reportedly belong to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement, while the sixth has been identified as Zakaria Zubeidi, a former commander of Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called the daring escape “a serious event that required a comprehensive effort by all of the security services.”

Meanwhile, Palestinian resistance movement Hamas called the escape “a heroic act and a victory for the will and determination of our heroic detainees,” while Palestinian Islamic Jihad lauded the jail break as “a powerful blow to the occupation forces.”