Days after the prison break, prisoners in Israel rioted and Palestinians also held violent protests calling for an escalation of the conflict with the Israeli government, in support of the defectors. Five of the defectors are members of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, the sixth is a leader of the Fatah group.
The unrest on the night of September 8 broke out at Ketziot prison, inmates set fire to several cells, as well as several other facilities. That same night, about 400 Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Follow The Jerusalem PostSome protesters clashed with Israeli forces near the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus city. At the same time, riots were also reported in other areas of the West Bank such as Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Anabta and Tubas.
Chaos was also reported near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, Issawiya (a neighborhood of East Jerusalem), in locations near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem.
Palestinians protest at the Israeli Hawara checkpoint, near the city of Nablus, and clash with Israeli security forces. Photo: Flash90
Rioters near Judea and Samaria Square in the West Bank’s Ramallah district are said to have used live ammunition against Israeli soldiers but missed. According to the newspaper The Times of Israel, a similar incident occurred at the same location during a violent protest in May, injuring two Israeli soldiers.
According to the Palestine Red Crescent, two Palestinians were wounded by police rubber bullets and another was hit by a stun grenade during clashes at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. During clashes at the Damascus Gate, a bus was stoned by Palestinian protesters.
Meanwhile, in the West Bank town of Beita, two Palestinians were wounded by live ammunition from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
At the Hawara checkpoint, Red Crescent doctors treated at least 100 Palestinians, most of whom inhaled tear gas from IDF forces.
The bus was stoned during the riots on the night of September 8. Photo: Flash90
In light of this situation, the IDF said it would extend the closure of the West Bank on the evening of September 8, amid concerns about escalating violence in the region. The closure of the West Bank, a routine procedure during Israeli and Jewish holidays, comes ahead of the Rosh Hashanah holiday from earlier this week.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the country was ready for “any eventuality”, amid a manhunt to arrest six defectors from prison and worries that fugitives could cause greater violence in the country. West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Israeli defense officials are also concerned that Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip, especially the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, may re-fire missiles from the area.