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Security officials believe many Gilboa prisoners knew of escape plan

The Gilboa prison in northern Israel on September 6, 2021. (Flash90)
The Gilboa prison in northern Israel on September 6, 2021. (Flash90)

Security officials suspect that many prisoners in the Gilboa Prison may have known of the escape last week of six Palestinian security prisoners ahead of time, according to Hebrew media reports.

In addition, according to the reports, a prison guard who was responsible for maintaining the prison’s sewer system knew of recent blockages in the system due to sand, but did not report the blockages to the prison authorities.

The six fugitives — two of whom are still at large — escaped by digging through the concrete and metal rebar flooring in their bathroom and removing a slab that led to a series of gaps in the prison’s structure. They used these to leave the compound underground and then tunneled their way up to a road on the south side of the facility.

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