Seven out of 13 prisoners who broke out of a Palestinian Authority prison in Jericho on Friday, were still at large on Sunday, according to a senior security official. According to some reports, some of the fugitives are former terrorists who signed “amnesty” papers in which they agreed to spend time in PA prisons in lieu of extradition to Israel for imprisonment.
The official denies reports that claim that there was any political involvement in the escape. He further emphasized that the fugitives were suspects awaiting trial or serving prison sentences for petty crimes. PA security officer Majid Faraj, who heads the PA’s military intelligence service in Judea and Samaria, previously stated that the escaped prisoners had been held for non-terror related crimes. He, however, admitted that four of the prisoners are “wanted by Israeli intelligence.”