Israel catches two of six Palestinian militants who escaped from jail

Israel catches two of six Palestinian militants who escaped from jail
Israeli police search cars near the city of Afula on 10 September in hunt for fugitives. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Israel has caught two of the six Palestinian militants who escaped a maximum-security jail in a daring escape that has stunned many by surprise.

The two were caught in northern Israel on Friday night, according to Israeili police.

The announcement didn’t contain any other details. But Israel’s Haaretz news site identified them as Yakub Kadari and Mahmoud Aradeh – members of the Islamic Jihad militant group who were both serving life sentences. The report said that police detained both of them from the northern city of Nazareth after a civilian alerted police to two suspicious figures.

A social media video showed Israeli police shackling a man into the back seat of a police car and asking the suspect for his name. The man, wearing green T-shirt and jeans, calmly identifies himself as Kadari and when asked whether he is one of the escapers, he answers “yes”

Kadari was serving two life sentences for attempted bomb planting and murder.

The six escapers tunnelled out of the Gilboa prison, a maximum-security prison in Israel, on Monday, setting off a furious manhunt across Israel and in the West Bank.

The Palestinian militants include four members of the Islamic Jihad, who were serving life sentences as well as Zakaria Zubeidi, a well-known militant leader from the second Palestinian uprising in the early 2000s. All of them are from the nearby city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

The escape has exposed major flaws in Israel’s prison service and set off days of finger pointing and angry criticism.

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