Six prisoners use rusty spoons to dig tunnel to escape from Israeli jail

There is a manhunt in Israel for six Palestinian prisoners who broke out of one of the highest security prisons in the country through a hole that was believed to have been built over several months

Palestinian prisoners escape Israeli prison through “tunnel from toilet floor”

A group of six Palestinians escaped from one of the highest security prisons in Israel after getting away with what appeared to be rusty spoons to dig a hole in a toilet floor.

The spoons were used to make their escape route over several months, with the hole leading to a main road, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The brazen refugees outsmarted the guards at Gilboa Prison, which is near the West Bank and holds Palestinians suspected of planning or carrying out anti-Israeli attacks.

Photos show the hole that leads to a tunnel that the prisoners appear to have gone into.

Arik Yaacov, the northern commander of the Israeli prison service, said it looks like the six prisoners opened a hole from the floor of a toilet cubicle and entered corridors dating from when the prison was built.

Prisoners are said to have dug a hole in the prison with rusty spoons
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It is reported that the tunnels led from the prison to a main road
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Now the Israeli military is chasing the fugitives, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett calls it a “serious incident,” reports Sky News.

Helicopters and drones are used in pursuit in northern Israel.

At the same time, some Palestinian groups are celebrating the outbreak.

The Islamist Hamas said it was showing the spirit of its “brave soldiers”.

Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, reportedly said: “This great victory proves once again that the will and determination of our brave soldiers cannot be defeated in the prisons of the enemy.”

Police and military have started a manhunt with helicopters and drones
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The tunnels probably originate from the construction of the prison
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Israeli police believe the detainees will attempt to get to the West Bank or Jordanian border about nine miles east, and that is exactly what they are focusing their search on.

In the West Bank, Palestinians can exercise limited self-government.

The Israeli prison service has also reportedly announced that five of the refugees are members of the Islamic Jihad movement.

The other prisoner, Zakaria Zubeidi, is a former commandant of Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the city of Jenin, West Bank.

It is believed that the construction of the tunnel took several months
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The brigades are responsible for deadly attacks on Israelis during a Palestinian uprising in 2000-2005.

Four of the men were serving life sentences, a Palestinian prisoners’ organization said, but authorities said they pose no threat to the general public.

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