Sep 19, 2021 - World

Israeli forces capture final 2 escaped Palestinian prisoners

 A member of the Israeli security forces stands guard at the Gilboa prison in northern Israel on September 18

An Israeli security forces member on Saturday stands guard at the Gilboa prison in northern Israel, from where the six inmates escaped. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images

Israeli forces captured the two remaining Palestinian prisoners who tunneled their way out of an Israeli maximum-security prison with four others in a "Shawshank Redemption"-style escape, authorities announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The escape sparked a massive manhunt and turned the prisoners into heroes in the West Bank and Gaza, with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza threatening an escalation if they were harmed, per Axios' Barak Ravid.

  • The prison break sparked riots at several prisons in Israel.

Details: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted that authorities had found the final two prisoners still missing from the Gilboa prison break.

  • "Both terrorists surrendered after being surrounded by security forces that acted precisely based on accurate intelligence," the IDF added.
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