IPS uncovers tunnel dug by Palestinian security prisoner to escape from Israel jail

Israel Prison Service says found four-meter-long tunnel dug as believed escape route in failed bid to flee from Shateh prison.

June 12, 2014 22:36
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Tunnel in Shateh prison dug by Islamic Jihad prisoners. . (photo credit: ISRAEL PRISON SERVICE)

A group of Islamic Jihad prisoners, some of them serving life sentences, dug a tunnel in Shateh prison in northern Israel, in a failed bid to escape from the facility, the Israel Prison Service said Thursday.

The IPS said that they began searching the cells after they got a lead that some prisoners were plotting an attack on guards in the facility. While carrying out what they said were intensive searches of one of the cells in the security prisoners branch, they found a tunnel inside the bathroom.

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The tunnel was four meters long and almost two feet wide and had been dug in recent days, the IPS said, adding that it led into a yard at the prison and they believe that eventually the prisoners intended to make it long enough to reach outside the prison walls.

While searching another cell in the block, they found improvised knives or "shivs", as well as fake prison guard uniforms. The prisoners had made fake IPS badges out of cardboard and toothpaste the service said.

They are now trying to determine how many prisoners were involved in the plot and if there are more tunnels or stash spots in the prison near Beit Shean.

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