The Israel Police said that they had captured two of the six Palestinian security prisoners who escaped from jail earlier this week after an intense five-day manhunt.
The two were caught in the northern Israeli town of Nazareth, police said, promising to soon release further details.
The six men escaped Gilboa Prison in northern Israel in one of the worst prison breaks in the country’s history early Monday.
Israeli forces have scrambled to find the inmates, all of them believed to be highly dangerous, with apparently few leads to follow. In recent days, Israeli troops have arrested many of the fugitives’ family members, including five who were arrested in villages near the northern West Bank city of Jenin in the predawn hours of Friday morning, according to Palestinian media.
It was believed that some of the escapees had managed to enter Palestinian-controlled areas in the West Bank, while others were still in Israel.
The six escaped from the high-security Gilboa Prison in the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning, making their way out through their cell’s drainage system and an empty space underneath the prison.
Four of the six fugitives were in jail for life in connection with deadly attacks against Israelis; the sixth — a notorious commander in Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade terror group, Zakaria Zubeidi — was in prison while on trial for two dozen crimes, including attempted murder. Another was held in administrative detention.