In reaction to the re-arrests of Yakoub Mohammed Qadri and Mohammed Ardah late on Friday night, Hamas launched a rocket towards the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel. The IDF responded by carrying out an airstrike in the Gaza Strip.
Violent riots in the West Bank were ongoing throughout the week as hundreds of Palestinians protested in solidarity with the Gilboa Prison escapees.
“The captures are the driving force for us and our people in the West Bank to increase the protests,” Hamas said.
Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest in the village of Beit Dajan, near the West Bank city of Nablus on July 23, 2021. (credit: NASSER ISHTAYEH/FLASH90)
“If the six prisoners can escape the narrow, crowded prison, then the Palestinian people can stop the occupation,” Joint List head MK Ayman Odeh wrote on Facebook.
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid commented on the captures, applauding Israel Police’s Counterterrorism Unit, as well as the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and IDF for their efforts.
מחזק את לוחמי הימ”מ, המשטרה, שירות הבטחון הכללי וצה”ל על הפעילות המאומצת ללכידת המחבלים הנמלטים.