The Israeli security forces arrested today the last two of the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from the prison in the north of Israel two weeks ago, the army announced.
As it was stated, the fugitives surrendered in Jenin, their hometown on the occupied West Bank, because thanks to the reports, the place where they were hiding was surrounded and they were taken for interrogation along with two other people who helped them.
Palestinian media reported that clashes broke out in Jenin when Israeli soldiers entered the city, but an Israeli police spokesman said that two fugitives, Mundil Nafajati and Iham Kamamji, were arrested without resistance.
The military said clashes erupted when forces withdrew as residents threw stones and explosives at soldiers who responded with live ammunition.
Imam Kamamji’s father, Fuad Kamamji, told the Associated Press that his son called him on the phone when Israeli soldiers surrounded the house where he was hiding and announced that he would surrender “so as not to endanger the owners of the house.“
Palestinian prisoners managed to dig a tunnel from the well.guarded Gilboa prison and escape on September 6.
That backstage, which provoked sharp criticism from the Israeli prison service, was the main news in the Israeli media for days.
According to various reports, the tunnel was dug for several months on the floor of their cell, without anyone noticing, and the Palestinians managed to escape next to the sleeping guard, as they came out through the hole outside the prison.
A large chase was organized for them and the first four prisoners, who are also from Jenin, were caught in two separate operations in Israel itself.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett praised the Israeli security forces that managed to capture them, calling it an “impressive, sophisticated and quick operation.“
Palestinians in the West Bank celebrated the escape and demonstrated in support of the fugitives.
Many Palestinians consider participation in attacks on the Israeli army, as well as civilians, a legitimate resistance to military occupation and are proud of it.
The arrest of the first four led extremists from Gaza to rocket Israel, which considers all six terrorists.
Five are from the Islamic Jihad extremist organization and four are serving life sentences, and the sixth Zakaria Zubeidi is a member of President Mahmoud Abbas’s secular Fatah and was an extremist leader during the second Palestinian uprising, the intifada, against Israeli occupation in the early 2000s and is well known in Israel. because of his militant activity and because he liked to give interviews to the media.
Zubeidi and the lawyer of Muhammad Aradeh, who was arrested with him last week, said that their clients suffered injuries from the beating after the arrest.
Israeli security forces have previously been accused of torturing prisoners.
The Supreme Court issued a verdict in 1999 banning torture, but human rights organizations say it is still happening and those suspected of torture are rarely found guilty.