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Gilboa Prison fugitives sought help from PA but were rebuffed — TV

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Two of the Palestinian prisoners who escaped from an Israeli jail last month attempted to request sanctuary from Palestinian Authority leadership but were rebuffed, according to a report Wednesday.

Citing the interrogation of the six recaptured prisoners, Kan news reported that two of the escapees contacted PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh through an intermediary and requested protection.

According to the report, Shtayyeh turned the man down, telling him “It’s a complex issue. We don’t want complications and deaths.”

Kan said the two escapees recounted the story separately to interrogators.

The broadcaster also provided further details on the escapees’ accounts of events based on leaked transcripts of their interrogations.

The six split up into three groups of two after fleeing Gilboa Prison, heading in different directions. One of the men, Yaqoub Qadiri, told interrogators that he and another fugitive hid for an entire day just outside a military base in the country’s north. The pair dug a hole beneath some bushes near the base’s fence........

© The Times of Israel

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