The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Police catch 2 Palestinia­ns who broke out of prison


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 prison raid that has captured the country’s attention.

Shortly afterward, Palestinia­n militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket toward Israel that the Israeli military said was intercepte­d by air defenses. No group claimed responsibi­lity for the rocket attack, which is believed to be linked to the re-arrest.

Police said the two were caught in the Arab-majority city of Nazareth in northern Israel on Friday night. The announceme­nt identified them as Mahmoud Aradeh and Yakub Kadari — members of the Islamic Jihad militant group who were both serving life sentences. They showed no resistance. Israeli media reports said a civilian alerted police to two suspicious figures.

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

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