Palestinian prisoners were caught on high-security Israeli prison security cameras coming out of the tunnel
Israeli security forces have launched a massive search operation in northern Israel and the occupied West Bank after six Palestinian prisoners escaped from one of the country’s most secure prisons using a rusty spoon in an unprecedented jailbreak.
The six, including five members of Islamic Jihad and a high-profile leader from al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade from Jenin refugee camp, had shared a cell at Gilboa prison and reportedly excavated their escape route behind a sink.
Jailbreaks by Palestinian security prisoners held in Israeli jails are almost unheard of and the profile of the prisoners led Israel’s prime minister, Naftali Bennett, to describe it as a “grave incident”.
While initial reports suggested the men had tunnelled out, Katy Perry, the commissioner of the Israel prisons service, said the escapers exploited a flaw in the prison’s structural design, exposing a gap behind a wall.
“From our initial investigation, it appears that there was no digging; rather, a plate that covered the space was lifted out of place,” said Perry
The leader of the Islamic Jihad movement “Khaled al-Batsh”: Any attempt to assassinate the heroes of Operation Tunnel of Freedom will be paid dearly by the occupation, and we warn the occupation.