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Guard reportedly suspected of watching TV instead of cameras during prison break

Police officers and prison guards inspect the scene of a prison escape outside the Gilboa Prison in northern Israel, on September 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Police officers and prison guards inspect the scene of a prison escape outside the Gilboa Prison in northern Israel, on September 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Walla reports that the escape of six Palestinian security prisoners from a prison in northern Israel last week was filmed in real-time by the facility’s security cameras, but no one was monitoring them at the time of the jailbreak.

According to the report, guard dogs in the prison yard began barking as the prisoners started emerging from the hole, activating a warning system in which the security cameras focus on the area of the prison where the dogs are barking.

The guard on duty at the time, however, is suspected of watching television and not noticing the live feed of the six escaping nor the warning system that was activated, the report says.

Israeli security forces have recaptured four of the prisoners since they broke out of the high-security Gilboa Prison, among them notorious Fatah terror commander Zakaria Zubeidi and reported mastermind Mahmoud al-Arida, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative. The other four are also members of Islamic Jihad, including Iham Kamamji and Munadil Nafiyat, who are still on the run.

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