On Wednesday, according to a Palestinian NGO, Israeli forces imprisoned families of six Palestinian convicts, who fled from a high-security prison in northern Israel. Military forces rounded up four relatives of the escaped convicts in the settlements of Arraba and Ya’bad in the northern West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoner Society announced in a declaration.
Israeli forces also searched from house to house in these towns, as well as others including Bir al-Basha and Deir Abu Da’if in the West Bank, according to local residents.
On Monday, six Palestinian prisoners broke out of the high-security Gilboa jail in northern Israel. The breakout was hailed by Palestinian factions as a “big victory,” while the prison break was viewed in Israel as a security and intelligence failure. It was “very probable” that the men crossed into Jordan, whose border lies only around 20 kilometers from the prison, a police source told Israeli newspapers on Tuesday.
On Monday, the same paper also wrote that a car may have picked up some or all the escapees three kilometers from the prison.