RAMALLAH, Sunday, May 22, 2022 (WAFA) – Five out of six Palestinian prisoners who tunneled out of the high-security Israeli prison of Gilboa in September 2021 were sentenced today to an additional five years in prison, an Israeli court in Nazareth ruled today.
The five prisoners are Mahmoud Arda, 46, Mohammad Arda, 40, Yaaqob Qadri, 49, Ayham Kamamji, 35, and Munadel Nufeiat, 26. Meanwhile, the sixth prison, Zakaria Zubeidi, is said to be waiting an Israeli ruling into his case separately.
In addition to the five-year sentence, the five were sentenced to a fine of 5,000 shekels ($1500) each.
The six Palestinians broke out of the maximum-security Israeli prison in September 2021 by digging a tunnel under a sink in their cell, using spoons, plates and even the handle of a kettle. The six were captured about one to two weeks after the jailbreak.
Their lawyers say the men began work on the tunnel in December 2020.
The bold escape dominated newscasts for days and sparked heavy criticism of Israel’s imprisonment of Palestinians.