Palestinian escapees from Israeli prison given 10 days extra detention

Palestinian escapees from Israeli prison given 10 days extra detention
Kamamji, who was found in Jenin overnight on Saturday, had wanted to visit his mother's grave, though did not manage this.
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20 September, 2021
The Palestinian jailbreakers have all now been taken back into custody [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu/Getty]

The six Palestinians who were recaptured after a daring breakout from a maximum-security Israeli jail have had their detentions prolonged on Sunday by a Nazareth court.

The ten-day detention extension was first applied to four Gilboa Prison escapees detained by Israeli forces.

These were Zakaria Al-Zubaidi, the most prominent of all the escapees, Mahmoud Al-Ardah, Mohammed Al-Ardah and Yaqoub Qadri, according to Israeli media.

The extra 10 days was ordered to allow ongoing questioning to proceed at a jail close to Haifa in Israel's north, Al Jazeera reported.

Human rights attorney Avigdor Feldman, who is representing Al-Zubaidi, explained the court's ruling was made given the ongoing probe into their jailbreak, Anadolu said.

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The two other men, Ayham Kamamji and Munadil Infaat, were captured in Jenin, the West Bank, overnight on Saturday.

Later on Sunday, they too had 10 days added to their detentions to allow inquiries to proceed, Anadolu reported.

The escapee Kamamji had wanted to visit his mother's grave, according to the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs (CDA).

Kamamji saw Munther Abu Ahmed, a CDA lawyer, following his arrest, who claimed on Palestinian Authority public TV that Israel had tried to shoot the detainee dead on two occasions while he was out of prison.

In one instance, Israeli forces were unsuccessful in attempting to detain him in northern Israel.

Despite the six Gilboa jailbreakers having all been captured, the daring escape inspired many Palestinians who have celebrated the event.

The spoon, their supposed tool of escape, has been adopted as a popular symbol in protests against Israeli occupation.