The Hebrew newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported how the whereabouts of the two prisoners, Zakaria al-Zubaidi and Muhammad al-Ardah, were discovered near the town of al-Shibli – Umm al-Ghanam in Marj Ibn Amer. down prison.
The arrest of Zakaria Al-Zubaidi and Muhammad Al-Ardah
The newspaper said that 3 archaeologists from the infantry unit “Ma’rool”, which was formed after the kidnapping of the three settlers in 2014, north of Hebron, are the ones who located Al-Zubaidi and Muhammad at 5 am, after analyzing and recovering the last escape route last night, from a place they thought was It houses the prisoners.
The report indicated that the three tracksmen reached the whereabouts of Al-Zubaidi and Aardeh based on “their footprints, a pack of cigarettes, and a can of drink.” Immediately, the security forces carried out the arrest.”
The report claimed that “the investigation began at 22:30 on Friday evening, from a point that the security forces estimated that the two captives had passed through, and the archaeologists analyzed the route taken by Al-Zubaidi and Ardah throughout the night, and they estimated that they followed a path that led them to the truck stop in Umm Al-Ghanam, Depending on the footprints remaining in the area, in addition to a pack of cigarettes and a pack of syrup.”
He added, “At five o’clock in the morning, the criminals arrived at the parking lot and found a model sleeping inside a truck, and Zubeidi was walking tired, limp, and unarmed, 15 meters from the truck. The three realized that Zubeidi had noticed them, and quickly summoned members of the Yamam special unit and forces from the Shin Bet.
The report quoted the Israeli security services’ assessments that “the two prisoners did not have an organized escape plan, as they repeated the same hiding place during the past two days and did not have much food.”
The arrest of Zakaria al-Zubaidi and Muhammad al-Ardah came hours after the re-arrest of the two prisoners, Mahmoud Ardah and Yaqoub Qadri, bringing the number of prisoners who were re-arrested during the past hours, four out of six who had escaped from Gilboa prison, at dawn last Monday.
Who is Zakaria Zubeidi?
Zakaria Muhammad Abd al-Rahman al-Zubaidi (46 years), born on January 19, 1975, from Jenin refugee camp (north of the occupied West Bank), has been a prisoner since 2019 and has not yet been sentenced.
Zakaria al-Zubaidi was arrested for the first time at the age of 16 during the first Palestinian intifada, and spent 4 years inside the prisons of the occupation, before his release after the Oslo agreement in 1994.
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The occupation demolished the house of Zakaria al-Zubaidi after his first arrest. Because he was the commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of the Fatah movement in Jenin.
The occupation pardoned Zakaria al-Zubaidi in 2007, but he returned to his pursuit in 2012, forcing him to stay in the Palestinian Preventive Security prison for 4 years, before another pardon came to him in 2017.
And the occupation re-arrested him in 2019 with lawyer Tariq Barghout, who was sentenced to 15 years, on charges of shooting at soldiers of the occupation army, in partnership with Zakaria Al-Zubaidi.
Muhammad Qasim Al-Ardah
Muhammad Qasim Ahmad al-Ardah (39 years), born on 3/9/1982, is from the town of Arraba in Jenin, and has been detained since May 14, 2002, and is sentenced to 3 life imprisonment and 20 years.
Basem al-Ardah, Muhammad’s brother, says that the occupation arrested Muhammad in 2001, and after 18 days he managed to escape from Ofer prison near Ramallah, but after chasing him for months, he was arrested again in Ramallah (central West Bank) on May 14, 2002, on charges Responsibility for killing 3 settlers and wounding 60 others in what is known as Operation Camp 80 in Haifa.
Muhammad – according to his brother Basem – is one of the founders of Saraya al-Quds (the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine), and he obtained a master’s degree in history two months ago, and he is in prison, and he moved from one prison to another before the situation stabilized about 4 months ago in Gilboa prison who managed to escape.
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.
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