By JOSEF FEDERMAN and FARES AKRAM, Associated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) — The final two of six Palestinian prisoners who escaped a maximum-security Israeli jail two weeks in the past had been rearrested early Sunday, the Israeli army mentioned.
The two had been captured throughout an Israeli military raid of their hometown of Jenin within the occupied West Bank, closing an intense, embarrassing pursuit that uncovered safety flaws after the six tunneled out of their cell on Sept. 6.
Palestinian media reported that clashes erupted in Jenin when Israeli troops entered the town, however a spokesperson for Israeli police mentioned the 2 escapees, Munadil Nafayat and Iham Kamamji, had been arrested with out resistance from a home the place that they had taken refuge and had been taken for questioning.
Fouad Kamamji, Iham’s father, instructed The Associated Press that his son had known as him when the Israeli troops surrounded the home and mentioned he’ll give up “so as to not endanger the home homeowners.”
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The escapes set off an enormous pursuit operation that captured the primary 4 inmates in two separate operations in northern Israel. All six inmates come from Jenin.
Five of the prisoners are from the Islamic Jihad militant group, with 4 of them serving life sentences, and the sixth is a member of the secular Fatah group of President Mahmoud Abbas.
For the Palestinians, the prisoners who dug the tunnel for months and escaped had been “heroes.” For Israel, they had been “terrorists” who took half or deliberate assaults that focused the Israeli army and civilians.
Associated Press reporter Jelal Hassan in Ramallah, West Bank, contributed to this report.
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