Seven prisoners escaped from a Palestinian jail located in Beitunya just north of Ramallah, Palestinian sources reported Tuesday morning.
Among the fugitives was a man on death row who had killed a Palestinian policeman in 2001. The other six men were serving sentences ranging from 10 years to life.
PA security forces discovered their disappearance early in the morning and said that they had most likely escaped through the bathroom window.
Police were conducting searches in the Ramallah area and had set up several checkpoints in the hope of finding the fugitives. The Palestinian Authority distributed mug shots of the escapees throughout the West bank. An investigation was opened following the incident.