There is also Zakaria Zubeidi, a former commander of al-Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, among the six inmates escaped from the Israeli maximum security prison of Gilboa, located northwest of Beit She’an, near the Sea of Galilee. This was announced by the Times of Israel, while an Israeli security source speaks on national television of “one of the most serious incidents in recent history”. The other five escaped prisoners are said to be members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group.
Zubeidi and the other five inmates were serving a life sentence. Their disappearance was reported at 4am this morning, but they may have left their cells earlier. Police squads supported by drones and helicopters are looking for the escapees.
Celebratory shots were reported in Jenin, in the north of the West Bank, the hometown of the six fugitives. Israeli Minister of Public Security Omer Barlev explained that the military and the Shin Bet are also collaborating in the search for detainees who are considered “very dangerous”. Three of them had already attempted to escape in the past. According to the reconstruction of the Times of Israel, the detainees dug a tunnel to escape. Channel 13 believes their destination may be Jenin or Jordan.