Four of six prisoners who escaped on Monday now back in custody
Four out of six Palestinian security prisoners who escaped on Monday morning from an Israeli jail have been caught after a five-day, nationwide manhunt
Four out of six Palestinian security prisoners who escaped on Monday morning from an Israeli jail have been caught after a five-day, nationwide manhunt.
Two fugitives were nabbed in Nazareth on Friday night while two others shortly after them. Two more remain at large.
Police said they were helped by tips from local Arab residents who had encountered the prisoners in one way or another and some had apparently requested food from locals.
Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev on Twitter thanked Arab Israelis “who assisted in the capture of the terrorists.”
“For four days the escapees wandered around believing they would find shelter and help among Arab Israelis, but they were mistaken,” Bar-Lev wrote. “Everywhere they turned, Arab citizens refused them and called police. Much respect to all the responsible citizens!”
Palestinians in the West Bank rioted after the arrests were announced.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett credited “the smooth and quiet cooperation between all those who took part in the work.”
“The quick sharing of information and the precise division of tasks between the security services, which facilitated maximum coverage of the ground, must continue,” Bennett said.
The country remains on high alert while the other two are still missing.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.