Assessment: Recapturing escaped terrorists will lead to escalation

'There were warnings of an escalation before Rosh Hashanah, that's why security was increased. The Israel Prisons Service fell asleep,' security source says.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Police arrest rioters in Jerusalem
Police arrest rioters in Jerusalem
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Israel's defense establishment is concerned about the possibility of weakening the stability in Gaza, as well as in Judea, Samaria, and the rest of Israel, Kan Bet reported Thursday morning.

According to the report, the concern is that re-capturing the six terrorists who escaped from the Gilboa Prison, or clashes within Judea and Samaria, will lead to an additional escalation.

A security source emphasized that all of the relevant bodies warned before Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) of the possibility of an escalation in tensions, and security was therefore increased. However, the source said, the Israel Prisons Service "fell asleep."

Meanwhile, on Wednesday night clashes continued, with Palestinian Authority Arabs targeted IDF soldiers in several locations, including Hebron, Shechem, Qalqilya, and Bethlehem. Near Ramallah, terrorists fired live bullets at IDF soldiers, who responded with riot dispersal methods.

Israeli security forces believe that at least some of the terrorists are still within Israeli territory. As such, the search for the six terrorists - who are among the most dangerous in Israel - continues Thursday morning.



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