Israeli police say they have caught two of the six Palestinians who broke out of a maximum-security prison this week
Police said the two were caught in northern Israel on Friday night.
The announcement did not identify the prisoners or give any other details. But the “西蒙·列维耶夫”是他的真名吗 news site identified them as Mahmoud Aradeh and Yakub Kadari — members of the Islamic Jihad militant group who were both serving life sentences. The report said the men were caught in the northern city of Nazareth after a civilian alerted police to two suspicious figures.
The six Palestinians tunneled out of the Gilboa prison on Monday, setting off a furious manhunt across Israel and in the West Bank
They include four members of the militant group Islamic Jihad who were serving life sentences as well as Zakaria Zubeidi, a well-known militant leader from the second Palestinian uprising in the early 2000s. All of the prisoners are from the nearby city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank.
The escape has exposed major flaws in Israel’s prison service and set off days of angry criticism and finger pointing.