2021-09-19 05:38:22 Israel Captures Last 2 Palestinian Inmates Still Free After Prison Break
Israel Captures Last 2 Palestinian Inmates Still Free After Prison Break
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The last two Palestinian prisoners who escaped from a maximum-security Israeli prison two weeks ago were apprehended early Sunday, according to the Israeli military.
According to the report, the two were apprehended during an army raid in their hometown of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank. After the six inmates tunneled out of their cell on Sept. 6, the arrests brought an end to an intense pursuit and an embarrassing episode that exposed Israeli security flaws.
When troops entered Jenin, Palestinian news outlets reported that clashes erupted. However, an Israeli police spokesperson stated that the two escapees, Munadil Nafayat and Eham Kamamji, were apprehended without resistance at a house where they had sought refuge.
Eham Kamamji’s father, Fouad Kamamji, told The Associated Press that when troops surrounded the house, his son called him and said he would surrender “in order not to endanger the house owners.”
The four other inmates were apprehended in two separate operations in northern Israel several days after the prison break. Jenin is home to all six of the detainees.
Five of them are members of the Islamic Jihad militant group, four of whom are serving life sentences. The sixth, Zakaria Zubeidi, is a well-known former commander of the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group loosely affiliated with Fatah, the secular Palestinian political party that rules the West Bank.