Daily Israel Report

Hamas Terrorists Escape Egyptian Prison and Return to Gaza

Hamas terrorists have taken advantage of riots in Egypt to escape jail and head back to Gaza. Israel tightens border security.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 1/30/2011, 9:17 PM / Last Update: 1/30/2011, 2:46 PM

Flash 90

At least two senior Hamas terrorists have made their way back to Gaza after taking advantage of the riots in Egypt to break out of prison, according to AFP. One was identified as Mohammed a-Shaer, who was arrested six months ago for his role in weapons smuggling across the Egyptian border.

Hamas officials said another six terrorists formerly held in Egypt were making their way back to Gaza as well.

The terrorists had been held in Abu Za'abal prison, north of Cairo. They escaped along with thousands of other inmates as police were busy attempting to suppress riots which have broken out across Egypt. Rioters are calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for some 30 years.

Israel Tightens Border Security
Israel is tightening security along its border with Egypt with temporary barriers. An initial barrier will be put up in an area where infiltration and smuggling are particularly common; if it is effective, the temporary barriers may be used elsewhere as well.

The barriers will be tightly knit and will have sharp edges to make it difficult for would-be infiltrators to pass.

Officials said the new measure was not directly connected to the riots in Egypt, and would not be a substitute for the permanent barrier currently under construction.