After five days of persecution, the Israeli occupation army announced, this Friday evening, the arrest of two of the six prisoners who liberated themselves from Gilboa Prison, Mahmoud al-Ardah and Yaqoub Qadri.
The arrest of Mahmoud Al-Ardah and Yaqoub Qadri in Nazareth
Photographer footage posted on the Internet showed the moment of the arrest of the two prisoners, Mahmoud al-Ardah and Yaqoub Qadri, in Jabal al-Qafzeh, near the city of Nazareth in the north of occupied Palestine.
The Hebrew (Kan) channel reported that the two prisoners roamed a street in Nazareth in search of food, and tried to cover their faces so that they would not be recognized.
Initial reports confirm that the two prisoners, Mahmoud Al-Ardah and Yaqoub Qadri, were in a difficult condition, exhausted, without food and visible signs of deformity on their bodies.
Who is Mahmoud Al-Ardah?
The prisoner Mahmoud Abdullah Ali Al-Ardah (46 years), born 1/1/1975, from the town of Arraba in Jenin (northern occupied West Bank), was arrested on September 21, 1996, and sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the occupation accused him of forming military cells, The cover-up of the martyr Saleh Tahaineh, who managed to escape from the Negev prison, and was killed by the occupation army in the nineties of the last century.
Mahmoud al-Ardah is considered one of the supreme leadership body of Islamic Jihad prisoners in prisons. He was arrested for the first time in 1992 on charges of carrying out military operations against the Israeli occupation army. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison, of which he spent 3 and a half years. He was released after the Oslo Accords in 1994.
Mahmoud al-Ardah is considered one of the intellectual prisoners. He has books on literature, culture and security. He has memorized the Holy Qur’an. The occupation classified him as one of the dangerous prisoners in its prisons after trying to escape, and his ability to form military cells while he was in prison.
Yaqoub Mahmoud Ahmad Qadri (49 years), born on December 22, 1972, and detained since October 8, 2003, is from the Bir al-Basha area in the Jenin governorate (northern West Bank).
He was arrested multiple times inside the occupation prisons, and he spent varying periods of time, including a year and a half, or a few months, but the arrest in 2003 came after he was accused of preparing explosive devices and using them by suicide bombers to carry out operations against the occupation soldiers and settlers.
Yaqoub suffers from pain in his back due to a herniated disc, as well as blood pressure problems. He was transferred several times to prison clinics for treatment. He is sentenced to life imprisonment and 35 years.
Since last Monday, large forces of the occupation army have continued extensive searches for the six prisoners who succeeded in liberating themselves by miraculously digging a tunnel under Gilboa prison, in which they were detained.
The search for prisoners could last weeks
The Hebrew newspaper, Maariv, reported on Friday that estimates in the Israeli security apparatus indicate that the hunt for prisoners, last Monday, may continue for days and perhaps weeks.
These estimates, according to the newspaper, come against the background that “there is talk of six experienced fugitives who know the area,” and therefore the security services estimate that their pursuit “will be a complex and long process, with no relation to the final result.”
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On Thursday, Israeli media reported that the Israeli security apparatus estimates that some of the prisoners are in the West Bank.
The newspaper pointed out that all the six prisoners, after escaping from prison, arrived in the village of Naoura, near the prison in Marj bin Amer, and were in the village mosque. “It was documented that the six were together, and from there they separated as pairs.”
The Israeli security apparatus, which includes the army, the police and the Shin Bet, has two tactical operating hypotheses: the prisoners have certainly separated, and some of them apparently entered the West Bank, according to the newspaper, and that the prisoners “certainly” receive help from Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the West Bank. . At least some of the prisoners receive help and they are not alone.”
The authorities are chasing the liberated prisoners
The Lebanese newspaper, Al-Akhbar, quoted a leading source in the Palestinian Authority as saying that the Palestinian Authority leadership had agreed to Israel’s request to cooperate with it in the search for the prisoners.
The source said that a discussion took place the day before yesterday between officials in the Central Committee of the Fatah movement and security officials in the authority, which led to an agreement to help Tel Aviv reach the liberators, in order to end this file, which is feared to develop on the popular and on the ground, in a manner that does not serve the position of Ramallah. , seeking to calm the situation to complete the economic peace project that was launched recently.
The Authority’s agreement to cooperate was coupled with a condition that the prisoners not be liquidated, and that only arrest them, in addition to calming the conditions in prisons, given that the Israeli escalation there began to do its work in provoking the Palestinian street.
On the ground, coordination sessions have already begun between the occupation and the security services of the authority, which warned in a meeting held the day before yesterday in the West Bank between an official from it and officials in the so-called “civil administration” in the occupation army, of the assassination of the six prisoners because this may lead to an explosion in the West Bank. , given that their case affects families and large circles there, alerting the escalation of calls to demonstrate and clash with the enemy in various regions.
The authority’s warning coincided with a corresponding fear among the occupation army and its security services of the deterioration of the situation in the West Bank, in light of the growing popular interaction with the liberators, and their operation taking on global and regional dimensions, according to what was reported by the Israeli Army Radio.
Despite Ramallah’s denial of starting to help Tel Aviv to reach the prisoners, the Hebrew “Kan” channel revealed that Gantz asked the authority to cooperate, which the latter agreed to, fearing measures and penalties by the Israeli government against it in the event of its failure to respond, and therefore informed the Minister of Civil Affairs, Hussein Al-Sheikh, Gantz, that “the authority will exert its efforts within the framework of joint action.”
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