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Jailbreak probe said to find 11 Gilboa prisoners started tunnel dig in November

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The investigation into the jailbreak of six Palestinian security prisoners from the Gilboa Prison last week has found that inmates of the facility began late last year to dig the tunnel used to escape, with the help of at least five additional prisoners, the Haaretz daily reported on Tuesday.

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.

According to Tuesday’s report, investigators probing last Monday’s escape believe that at least 11 prisoners were involved in the digging of the tunnel, which began as early as November 2020. The Shin Bet security agency, which is leading the investigation, is reportedly questioning the five prisoners believed to have helped the escapees dig.

The prisoners are said to have carried out the digging using plates and pan handles and to have dumped the excavated dirt in the sewer system, in garbage cans, and in hollow shafts they found in their wing.

According to the reports earlier this week, 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........

© The Times of Israel

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