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Security forces said to conclude escapees tried to reach Jenin, were denied help

Hebrew media reports say that Israeli security forces believe the Palestinian fugitives who escaped a high-security prison last week had intended to reach Jenin, but failed to receive help to take them there.

Five days into a national manhunt for six Palestinian security prisoners who escaped from a jail in northern Israel, police captured four of the fugitives in Nazareth on Friday night. Arab Israelis who encountered the fugitives reported the suspicious sightings to authorities, aiding in their capture.

After interrogating the four Palestinian security prisoners, police and Shin Bet security service investigators concluded they had no accomplices on the outside, or assistance from within Gilboa Prison, according to reports.

The escapees did not spend long in the town — between 20 minutes to an hour according to reports. After showering and changing clothes in the local mosque, the group split up into three separate groups.

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