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Israeli forces arrest last 2 of 6 Palestinian fugitives

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Israeli forces arrest last 2 of 6 Palestinian fugitives

JERUSALEM (AP) — The last two of six Palestinian prisoners who escaped a maximum-security Israeli detention heart two weeks ago were rearrested early Sunday, the Israeli protection drive said.

The 2 were captured in the course of an Israeli army raid of their place of birth of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, closing an intense, embarrassing pursuit that exposed security flaws after the six tunneled out of their cell on Sept. 6.

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Palestinian media reported that clashes erupted in Jenin when Israeli troops entered town, nevertheless a spokesperson for Israeli police said the 2 escapees, Munadil Nafayat and Iham Kamamji, were arrested without resistance from a dwelling where they had taken refuge and were taken for questioning.

Fouad Kamamji, Iham’s father, advised The Associated Press that his son had known as him when the Israeli troops surrounded the dwelling and said he will renounce “in train to no longer hazard the dwelling house owners.”

The escapes build off a wide pursuit operation that captured the first four inmates in two separate operations in northern Israel. All six inmates procedure from Jenin.

5 of the prisoners are from the Islamic Jihad militant community, with four of them serving lifestyles sentences, and the sixth is a member of the secular Fatah community of President Mahmoud Abbas.

For the Palestinians, the prisoners who dug the tunnel for months and escaped were “heroes.” For Israel, they were “terrorists” who took fragment or planned attacks that focused the Israeli protection drive and civilians.

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Associated Press reporter Jelal Hassan in Ramallah, West Bank, contributed to this document.

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Israeli forces arrest last 2 of 6 Palestinian fugitives