Guard tower overlooking tunnel used in prison break was unmanned — reports

In a further failure said to have aided the escape of six security prisoners from Gilboa Prison earlier this week, various Hebrew media outlets are citing prison guards as saying a guard tower overlooking the entrance to the tunnel used in the prison break was unmanned at the time.

Ynet says it isn’t clear why there was nobody at the guard post. It says a camera was pointed at the tunnel’s opening, but nobody was looking at the footage.

However, Haaretz says the tower was vacant for over a month at the orders of the prison commander Freddy Ben Shitrit due to a manpower shortage.

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