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Who are Palestinian escapees from Israel's Gilboa prison?

Six Palestinian detainees dug a tunnel and made it out of the high-security Israeli prison
Who are Palestinian escapees from Israel’s Gilboa prison?

In the early hours of this morning, six Palestinians escaped from Israel's Gilboa Prison after they dug a tunnel out of the high-security prison.

Five of the prisoners were members of the Islamic Jihad movement, and one was a former commander of Fatah. They are all from the city of Jenin and most were serving life terms. Israeli media said that three of the escapees had previously attempted to escape from Israeli jails.

But who are they?

Zakaria Zubeidi

Zakaria Zubeidi

Zubeidi, 49, from Jenin refugee camp, was a former commander of Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. In 2006, Zubeidi was elected a member of Fatah's Revolutionary Council. He was detained by Israeli forces in Ramallah on 27 February 2019 and accused of being affiliated with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. He has not been sentenced to any crime.

Munadil Nafaya

Munadil Nafaya

Nafaya, from Ya'bad town near Jenin city, was detained by Israeli forces in 2006 before being released in 2015. He was rearrested in 2016 and again in 2020 and accused of membership in Islamic Jihad's armed wing and involvement in staging attacks against Israeli occupation forces.

Nafaya has not yet received a final sentence.

Yaqoub Qadiri

Yaqoub Qadiri

Yaqoub Qadiri, 39, from Bir Al-Basha village northwest of Jenin city, was wanted by Israeli occupation forces since 2000.

Qadiri stood against the occupation's massacre in the Jenin refugee camp in 2002. On 18 October 2003, he was detained and handed two life sentences.

In 2014, he along with other detainees attempted to escape from Shatta prison but were unsuccessful.

Iham Kahamji

Iham Kahamji

Kahmaji, 35, from Kafr Dan village near Jenin city, was wanted by Israeli occupation forces since 2003. He was detained on 4 July 2006 and handed two life terms.

Mahmoud Al-Arida

Mahmoud Al-Arida

Mahmoud Al-Arida, 46, from Arraba town southwest of Jenin city, was first detained in 1992 before being released in 1996.

He was detained again in September 1996 and handed a life sentence after being accused of being a member of Islamic Jihad's military wing and carrying out attacks against Israeli occupation forces.

Mohammad Al-Arida

Mohammad Al-Arida

Mohammad Al-Arida, 39, from Arraba town, was arrested on 7 January 2002, before being released in March of the same year.

He was rearrested on 16 May 2002 in Ramallah city and handed three life terms.

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