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      Terrorist Escapes Egypt to Gaza, Vows to Attack Israel on TV

      New danger: Al-Jazeera interviews Army of Islam Cairo prison escapee who is back in Gaza; he vows to continue armed struggle against Israel.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 2/1/2011, 1:20 AM / Last Update: 2/1/2011, 2:13 AM

      Al-Jazeera Television reported on Monday that among the thousands of prisoners who have managed to escape from Egyptian prisons since the protests there began, are also terrorists from the Gaza Strip who were jailed in Egypt.

      Among those who escaped is Hassan Wshah,  jailed three years ago after he was caught by Egyptian security officials in the Sinai Peninsula and admitted to planning a terrorist attack against Israel.

      Showing no change of heart or remorse,  the terrorist said that now that he has escaped, he will continue his armed resistance against Israel.

      Wshah is a member of the Army of Islam, an Al-Qaeda inspired Gaza-based terrorist group that wishes to see Gaza run by Sharia (Muslim law). He managed to escape from the Cairo prison on Saturday.

      Wshah told Al-Jazeera that “the prisoners revolted and started breaking the windows and doors and fled from the cells.” He said that Egyptian soldiers had fired towards the escaped prisoners, killing some and injuring others.

      Wshah was subsequently driven by another member of the Army of Islam to the Egyptian town of Rafah which borders with the Gaza Strip, and then managed to enter the Strip through one of the underground smuggling tunnels.

      He estimated that thousands of prisoners have managed to escape from the prison, noting that in his section alone there were 1,200 prisoners.