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Palestinian escapee: We did not have water for 4 days

September 15, 2021 at 11:54 am

Israeli security forces take a Palestinian inmate into custody, one of the 6 escapees from Gilboa prison, after being arrested in Umm al-Ghanam town on September 11, 2021 [Israeli Police / Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian prisoner Zakaria Al-Zubeidi who escaped the high security Israeli jail of Gilboa said that he did not have water for the four before his recapture.

“During the four days when we were free, we did not want our families in the occupied cities [in Israel] to bear the consequences or punishment of the Israeli occupation if they helped us,” Al-Zubeidi told Israeli civil and human rights lawyer Avigdor Feldman.

“We did not ask for help from anyone. We ate fruits from the farms like prickly pears and grapes. We did not have water.”

Feldman added: “Prisoner Zakaria Al-Zubeidi was attacked as soon as he was detained.” He was admitted to hospital on Sunday after allegedly being beaten and tortured by the Israeli security forces when he was recaptured. His brother said his leg had been broken during the beatings.

Four of the six Palestinian prisoners who fled the Israeli prison of Gilboa last week were rearrested on Friday and Saturday, and the search for the remaining two escaped prisoners is still ongoing.