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2 jail escapees recaptured


Israeli police on Friday night said they had caught two of the six Palestinia­ns who broke out of a maximum-security prison this week in a daring jailbreak that has captured the country’s attention.

Police said the two were caught in northern Israel on Friday night.

The announceme­nt did not identify the prisoners or give any other details. But the Haaretz news site identified them as Mahmoud Aradeh and Yakub Kadari — members of the Islamic Jihad militant group who were both serving life sentences. The report said the men were caught in the city of Nazareth after a civilian alerted police to two suspicious figures.

The six Palestinia­ns tunneled out of the Gilboa prison on Monday, setting off a furious manhunt across Israel and in the West Bank.

They include four members of the militant group Islamic Jihad who were serving life sentences as well as Zakaria Zubeidi, a well-known militant leader from the second Palestinia­n uprising in the early 2000s. All of the prisoners are from the nearby city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

The escape has exposed major flaws in Israel’s prison service and set off days of angry criticism and finger pointing.

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