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Six prisoners escape Israhelli Jail early today!!



The Israeli prison of Gilboa is one of Israel's most heavily fortified detention compounds, where six #Palestinian political prisoners had managed to release themselves through tunneling out of it.

Israel Prison Service official told Haaretz that prisoners' escape through digging beneath the prison means a profound failure to the Israeli security apparatus.



This is the opening of the tunnel that six #Palestinian prisoners had managed to dig under their prison's room and managed to get out through it at dawn today.


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At least six Palestinian prisoners escaped from a high-security Israeli prison overnight, with regime troops launching a manhunt to arrest them, media reports said on Monday.

Five of them belong to the Palestinian resistance movement Islamic Jihad, hailing from towns near the occupied northern West Bank city of Jenin.

They have been identified as Munadil Nafayat, 26, from Yaabad; Mahmoud and Mohammad al-Arida, both from Arraba; Iham Kahamji, 35, from Kufr Dan; and Yaqoub Qadiri, 49, from Deir al-Basha.

The other prisoner has been identified as Zakaria Zubeidi, a former commander of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in Jenin.

The cellmates, serving life sentences, are believed to have fled through an underground tunnel from the Gilbao Prison in northern Israel, which they had managed to dig over the past few months.

The inmates apparently coordinated with aides outside the prison using a smuggled cellphone and had an escape car waiting for them at around 1:30 am.

“Six prisoners escaped by means of an opening that was discovered in their cell,” a statement from the prisons authority said.

Gilbao Prison is one of the highly-fortified detention centers in Israel. An official from the Israel Prison Service described the breach as "a major security and intelligence failure." 

“Overnight, we received a number of reports about suspicious figures in agricultural fields and from the prison service, which discovered very quickly that prisoners were missing from their cells and that six escaped,” Israeli police spokesman Eli Levy was quoted as saying by Kan Radio.

He said Israeli forces have launched a massive search and believe they might try to reach the occupied West Bank or the Jordanian border.

Many roadblocks have been set up in the West Bank in a bid to stop the prisoners from escaping into Jordan, and a large contingent of police personnel, Shin Bet sleuths have swung into action.

Reports said the Israel Prison Service was preparing to evacuate the remaining 400 prisoners and disperse them among other prisons in order to probe the escape of Palestinian prisoners.

In a statement released shortly after the incident, the Islamic Jihad called the escape "heroic" and said it will “shock the Israeli defense system.”

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said, “The escape proves the bravery of these prisoners, achieving freedom despite such strict security measures. It's a heroic and impressive action.”

“[This is] a victory for the will and determination of our heroic prisoners, and a real challenge to the Zionist security system, which the occupation boasts as being the best in the world,” he said in a statement.

Celebratory gunfire was reported in Jenin following reports of the prison break by Palestinian inmates.


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Families of Escaped Prisoners targetted

The Isra-heeli occupation forces detained the relatives of number of the Palestinian prisoners who were managed to escape from Gilboa prison.

- Yaqoub Naifat, The father of Monadel Naifat.
- Raddad Arda, The brother of Mahmoud Arda.
- Bassim Arda, The brother of Qassim Arda.
- Shaddad Arda, The brother of Mahmoud Arda.
- The Occupation forces detained Dr.Nedal Arda and confiscated the records of the security cameras from his home.


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Court case of re-arrested Gilboa jail breakers

After the Israeli army caught up the four Palestinian Gilboa breakers, an Israeli court in Nazareth city was held immediately, and many charges were set against the four Palestinian escapees.

What are the charges that Israel alleged against the four Palestinian escapees?




The Israeli security forces surrounded the prisoners Zakaria Al-Zubaidi to prevent journalists from taking photos of him during his trial in the occupation court. (There are pictures posted of him with signs of being attacked/punched after they were arrested)


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‘Spoon of Freedom’

Escape tool of 6 Palestinians becomes symbol of resistance


AMMAN — Palestinians have always had different symbols to represent their freedom; a spoon is the newest sign that has captured artists’ and social media users’ attentions. 

After the six Palestinians tunnelled out of the high-security Gilboa Prison, reportedly using a spoon, a large number of social media users, influencers and artists have been focusing on the simple tool used in the movie-like escape.

The six fugitives included Zakaria Zubeidi, Mahmoud Ardah, Mohammad Ardah, Yacoub Qadri, Ayham Kamamji and Munadel Nfeiat.

A Palestinian-Jordanian virtual artist Beesan Arafat, who describes herself as an artist with “sharp edges”, created a piece of art depicting the spoon the six Palestinians used to extricate themselves from the Israeli prison.

“The men evaded 40 prison guards, three watchtowers, two walls, two barbed-wire fences and a pack of sniffer dogs to get to their freedom,” Arafat wrote on her Instagram post.

“They used a rusty spoon to escape one of the most secure jails in the country,” she added.

The Jordanian illustrator and graphic designer Abeer Anabtawi shared a post of a watermelon and spoon, which are currently symbols of Palestinian resistance that have gone viral on social media platforms.

“The spoon has become an icon. With a spoon, the six Palestinians obtained their freedom,” wrote Palestinian activist and photographer Abdalafo Bassam on his Instagram post. 

Also, Twitter user “@M7rusa” wrote: “Raise the spoon for freedom; raise your spoon for the Palestinian prisoners and Palestine”. 

Samar Khalil, a Palestinian-Jordanian living in Amman, told The Jordan Times on Sunday: “Although four of the six prisoners were recaptured, the Palestinian resistance will continue and from now on, the spoon will illuminate the untold stories of Palestinians”.

The four prisoners who were recaptured are: Zakaria Zubeidi, Mahmoud Ardah, Mohammad Arda and Yacoub Qadiri. 

The Jordan Times

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