Israel extends detention of 4 Palestinians caught after jailbreak
Court extends their detention till Sept. 19
The Israeli Magistrate's Court in the northern Nazareth city has extended the detention of four Palestinian inmates, who had escaped from a high-security prison earlier this week, till Sept. 19, according to Israeli media on Sunday.
The Israeli General Prosecution had requested during a session held late Saturday to extend their detention for 13 days, but the court approved a 9-day extension, the state-owned KAN news TV reported.
Israeli police claim that the four Palestinians had allegedly planned to a carry out a "serious terrorist act", a crime that is punishable to 15 years in prison, according to Haaretz newspaper.
Israeli prosecutors accuse the four of jailbreak and incitement for others to escape from prison, a felony that is punishable to 20 years.
On Monday, six Palestinian inmates tunneled out of the high-security Gilboa prison in northern Israel. Israeli forces, however, have managed to capture four of them after a manhunt.
The remaining two are still in hide.
The jailbreak has been hailed as a “big victory” by Palestinians, while Israelis decried it as a major security and intelligence failure.
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