Lawyers for two Palestinian fugitives claim they were beaten during recapture

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Zubeidi had jaw fractured, two ribs broken during arrest, lawyer says; police deny allegation, say he resisted arrest
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Lawyers for two Palestinian security prisoners who were captured after escaping from an Israeli prison last week said Wednesday that their clients were badly beaten during their arrest, with the most well-known of the prisoners, Zakaria Zubeidi, suffering a broken jaw and two broken ribs while in handcuffs.

Police said Zubeidi resisted arrest, and had to be subdued by force, and also that he was injured in the course of the jailbreak.

Six Palestinian prisoners, five of whom have been accused of deadly attacks against Israelis, tunneled out of a maximum-security prison in northern Israel on September 6, in the first mass prison break in decades. Four were recaptured around five days later, apparently while hiding outdoors.

The escape from Gilboa prison in northern Israel exposed a series of security blunders and mishaps and was hailed by Palestinians as a show of defiance against Israel. Two of the prisoners are still at large.

Lawyers were able to meet with the recaptured prisoners for the first time late Tuesday and early Wednesday, providing the first opportunity to hear of the escape from the prisoners themselves, rather than Israeli officials and media reports.

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A veteran Israeli human rights lawyer representing Zubeidi — a notorious commander in Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade terror group who was in prison while on trial for two dozen crimes including attempted murder — said that the security personnel who arrested him handcuffed him and then asked his name.

"He said Zakaria, and…
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