Israel Foils Attempted Tunnel Escape by Islamic Jihad Prisoners in Gilboa Jail
JNS.org – The Israel Prison Service (IPS) discovered an apparent escape tunnel under the toilet of a cell shared by eight prisoners from the Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad in northern Israel’s Gilboa prison on Sunday. The IPS said it received “intelligence” that led it to uncover the tunnel, which was up to 16.4 feet long.
The terrorist prisoners had apparently opened the sewage pipe under the toilet in their cell and began to dig a path under the prison, which stands on a foundation of concrete posts. This meant that the debris from the digging was not immediately noticeable.
Two of the eight prisoners in the cell are serving life sentences, one for murder and the other for conspiracy to commit manslaughter, according to Israel Hayom. Another prisoner is serving a 25-year sentence for conspiracy to commit manslaughter. The others are serving shorter sentences.