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PA security services 'in close contact' with Israel on escapees

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on May 25, 2021 at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah [ALEX BRANDON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on May 25, 2021 at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah [ALEX BRANDON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

The Palestinian Authority security services are "in close contact" with their Israeli counterparts on the escaped prisoner issue, an Israel journalist has revealed. Security officials in Jordan are also involved in watching the border with occupied Palestine in case the escapees try to get across.

Yoni ben Manachem tweeted on Tuesday that "everything is done in secret" because "Mahmoud Abbas fears the reaction of the Palestinian public."

Israeli Channel 13 TV reported that Israeli forces have entered the PA-dominated areas in the occupied West Bank to search for the prisoners.

According to Wallah, military sources from Israeli Central Command said that, "On both sides of the Jordanian border, vigilance and alertness have been increased for fear of terrorists [sic] crossing."

Ben Manachem added that Israel is facing a "dilemma" as it is insisting on finding the escaped prisoners while working hard to prevent an escalation with the Palestinians.

READ: Israel sets up checkpoints around Gaza to catch escapees

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