Palestinian Police Search for Three Terrorist Escapees

Palestinian police are searching for three Hamas terrorists who escaped from a jail run by the Palestine Liberation Organization.

The three apparently broke out of jail after cutting through wires in their cell, Israel Television reported.

One of the escapees was convicted of murdering two Israelis; another was convicted of carrying out terrorist attacks in the Gaza Strip; and the third was convicted of planning a suicide terrorist attack near a Jewish settlement in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Israeli security forces Sunday arrested six Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists in the West Bank town of Jenin.

Jenin is scheduled to be the first of six West Bank towns to be handed over before the end of the year to the Palestinian Authority under the terms of the interim phase agreement for extending West Bank autonomy.

The Israel Defense Force’s withdrawal from Jenin was slated to begin later this week.

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