Police hunting for Palestinian prisoners who tunneled out of jail

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Police suspect that among six escaped prisoners is Zakaria Zubeidi who was a Fatah commander.
A massive manhunt is underway for six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from the Gilboa prison in Israel's North using a tunnel.

Police, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Border Police and troops from two IDF companies as well as special forces are taking part in the massive manhunt, and have placed roadblocks in the West Bank. Security forces are also utilizing special units in the search like dogs and aerial support.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that troops in the West Bank have been alerted to the escape and are on high alert.

Police are investigating the possibility that the escapees may have managed to escape to Jenin or Jordan.

The Israel Prison Service released the names and affiliations of the escaped prisoners:

Mondal Ainfaat (Islamic Jihad)


Mahmad Aardiya (Islamic Jihad)

Muhammed Aardiya (Islamic Jihad)

Yakub Kadari (Islamic Jihad)

Iham Kamagi (Islamic Jihad)

Zakaria Zubeidi (Fatah)

The six prisoners shared a cell, which is where they dug the tunnel over the course of a month, using a rusty spoon that they hid behind a poster.

Looks like they dug the tunnel in their cell pic.twitter.com/mC1NtvknvD September 6, 2021

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