A wanted member of the Islamic Jihad who was released during the Gilad Shalit exchange escaped after he was arrested by IDF forces, escaped. However, he was re-arrested during the night (Wednesday) at his mother’s home in the Hebron district.


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A wanted member of the Islamic Jihad who was released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange was arrested by the IDF but managed to escape shortly thereafter. During the night, he was found at his mother’s house and was arrested again.

The breach in security occurred on Tuesday. After his initial arrest, the prisoner asked the Israeli soldiers who had been guarding him to go to the bathroom, claiming he had waited a long time and “was under pressure.”

The combat soldier guarding him allowed him to go to the restroom. A few minutes later, the detainee exited the restroom and ran quickly, jumping over the outpost’s fence. In response, the soldier ran after the fugitive but was unable to catch him.

Following the incident, special forces were dispatched during the night to locate the fugitive, who was arrested after being found at his mother’s home in the Palestinian village of Surif in the Hebron district.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated in response on Wednesday, “Yesterday, a detainee escaped from an outpost near Bethlehem and was arrested again during the night by security forces in the area. The event will be investigated and lessons will be learned.”