Jerusalem — The last two of the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped the most secure Israeli prison two weeks ago were re-arrested early Sunday, Israeli forces said.
Two people were arrested during an army raid in their hometown of Genin on the west bank of the occupation. The arrest ended a violent pursuit and embarrassing episode that exposed Israeli security deficiencies after six prisoners exited the tunnel from their cell on September 6.
Palestinian media reported that a clash erupted in Genin when troops entered the city. However, a spokesperson for the Israeli police said two fugitives, Munadir Nafayat and Eham Kamanji, had been arrested without hesitation in the house they had evacuated.
Eham Kamanji’s father, Huad Kamanji, told The Associated Press that his son would call him when the army surrounded the house and surrender “to not endanger the owner of the house.”
The other four prisoners were captured a few days after the prison break in two separate operations in northern Israel. All six prisoners are from Genin.
Five of them (four of whom have been sentenced to life imprisonment) are members of the Islamic Jihad militant group. The sixth, Zakaria Zveidi, is a well-known former commander of the AXA Martyrs Brigade, a militant group loosely affiliated with Fatah, the secular group that governs Palestinian politics on the west bank of the Jordan River.