Success! Last Two Gilboa Prison Terrorists Recaptured

The remaining two escaped Gilboa Prison terrorists have been recaptured, a week after four met the same fate:

Israeli security forces overnight Saturday-Sunday arrested the two remaining Palestinian security inmates who escaped from Gilboa prison in northern Israel nearly two weeks ago, the army said.

The arrests of the two dangerous fugitives — a week after the four other escaped prisoners were recaptured in northern Israel — brings to a close a massive 13-day manhunt following one of the worst jailbreaks in Israel’s history.

Iham Kamamji and Munadil Nafiyat, both members of the Islamic Jihad terror group, were apprehended in the West Bank city of Jenin, the Israel Defense Forces said early Sunday.

“The two terrorists were caught alive and were handed over for interrogation by the security forces,” the military said. They were captured following a joint operation by the IDF, Shin Bet security service, and the Yamam counter-terrorism police unit.

Rioting broke out following the predawn arrest raid by Israeli special forces, according to the IDF. There were no reports of Israeli or Palestinian casualties.

“As forces were leaving the city, riots broke out in a number of locations during which rioters threw stones and explosives at the troops and gunmen opened fire in the area,” the military said.

However, the threats made by the Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian terror groups to forcefully prevent the capture of the two fugitives by Israeli forces did not bear out.

The two Palestinian fugitives did not resist arrest, handing themselves over after Israeli troops encircled the building where they were hiding.

“The Yamam, Shin Bet and the Harov Reconnaissance Unit entered the city of Jenin, sealed off and surrounded the house, including gunfire around the building in which the fugitive terrorists were hiding. They came out unarmed and without resistance,” the IDF said.

In an apparent effort to avoid a major, direct confrontation with Palestinian terrorists in the city, Israeli forces initially drew attention away from the home where Kamamji and Nafiyat were hiding by dispatching large numbers of troops to a different part of the city as a distraction and only then sending a smaller team to the actual location.

Well done IDF!

Unlike in the case of the first four, I haven’t seen anti-Israel propaganda photoshop smiles on their ugly mugs in the capture photos. I’m guessing that’s because it is so damn hard to photoshop the smiles on these particular photos:

But I’ve given it a shot.

You’re welcome, Quds News Network.

Update: It seems I was wrong – the propagandists photoshopped another of the arrest photos.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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