| 20 September 2021, Monday |

Israel sets up checkpoints around Gaza to catch escapees

In an attempt to prevent the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from a high-security prison overnight crossing into the coastal territory, Israeli occupation forces set up flying checkpoints around the blockaded Gaza Strip, Sama news agency has reported.

According to reports in the Israeli media, getting into Gaza is not easy due to the “security wall”. However, they point out that some Palestinians have been able to breach the wall and get through. It is also expected that capturing the escapees, or killing them, will lead to retaliation by the Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza and Lebanon.

Yedioth Ahranoth said that the planning and preparation for the escape would have taken months or even years. The operation was not limited to the actual escape from the prison, given that the escapees will have known that the surrounding area and the occupied West Bank would be dangerous territory for them.

Speculation about escape routes has included outside support and the possibility of taking hostages to bargain for safe passage to another country.