Israeli troops on Sunday captured the two six militants who escaped from a maximum security Israeli prison almost two weeks ago in an escape that embarassed Israel’s security institution , but delighted Palestinians .
The two militants of Islamic Jihad were captured before dawn in a house in Jenin, West Bank. Yaakov Shabtai, Israeli Police Commissioner, said that they were taken into custody from there.
Palestinians see members of armed groups jailed by Israel as heroes in the struggle for statehood in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, territory Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. They are considered terrorists by Israel. A spokeswoman for the Israeli police identified the men as Ayham Nazaf Kamamji, and Munadel Yacoub Ifeiat. Kamamji, 35, was arrested in 2006 and is serving a life sentence, and Infeiat, 26, was arrested in 2019, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club.
The other four were taken in pairs near Nazareth, northern Israel, a week ago. All six were either convicted or suspected of plotting or carrying out attacks on Israelis.
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Palestinians in Jenin clashed with Israeli troops as they raided the city early on Sunday, residents said. Infeiat and Kamamji surrendered to Israeli forces after they surrounded them. Two other Palestinians were also taken into custody for aiding them, Israel’s military stated.
All four were taken to the military for questioning. The military said that Palestinians fired live fire at the Israeli troops as they fled the city.
The Palestinian Authority has not yet commented on the situation. It exercises limited autonomy in the West Bank but coordinates with Israel regarding security in the territory.
The six Palestinians who broke away on Sept. 6 had dug a tunnel through their prison cell. Israeli officials have said that they will investigate the circumstances of their escape.
Palestinians have protested in support of the men across the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Members of Israel’s Arab minority, often identified as Palestinians, also protested in support of the men. More demonstrations are planned for Sunday.