Israelian pólice has deployed dozens of checkpoints all over the country, as well as drones and specialized search units.
Notably, the prisoners were 5 members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the former leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. Four of them were doing a life sentence in charges of executing deadly attacks and crimes of terror towards the Israeli people, while the other was under a special detention order.
Zakaria Subeidi, the aforementioned leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, was still waiting for his sentence. He was apprehended and trailed in 2019 for allegedly participating in anti-Israel attacks.
“It’s a disgraceful incident, the worst that has taken place here in decades,” said former prison service deputy commissioner Makleb Tapash.
Israeli PM Naftalí Bennet released a statement lamenting this incident, claiming that the authorities will work tirelessly to get them back behind bars. Hamás, on the other hand, deemed this an “act of heroism”.
Palestine Militants Escape From Jail
According to the reports, all six were cellmates, with three of them deemed flight-risks in the past. Notably, authorities believe that they managed to escape by digging up a tunnel on the bathroom floor of their cell.
The prisoners allegedly used a rusty spoon to dig the tunnel over at least two months to get the job done. Official sources, however, have yet to confirm this information.
The Shin Bet believes that the militants were in contact with people outside of the prison using a smuggled phone. They also reported that an unidentified vehicle picked them up once they got out of the tunnel. Also, one of the security guards in charge of watching that sector allegedly fell asleep during the jailbreak.
Clearly, there are still many unanswered questions about this incident. Also, finding them will be an uphill task as the days continue to pass by.