0717 GMT January 16, 2022
They were also protesting against the punitive measures that the Israeli jail authorities have imposed on imprisoned members of the Islamic Jihad, another group active in the Gaza Strip, in the wake of a brazen escape from one of the country’s most secure prisons, according to Al Jazeera.
Several relatives of the escaped prisoners have been arrested, including three people on Friday morning, as part of an Israeli manhunt to capture them. The six men tunneled out of the high-security Gilboa jail on Monday, triggering celebration and solidarity protests in the Palestinian territories.
Israeli forces were on their second-highest level of alert on Friday, below declaring a state of emergency, prepared for protests in the occupied Palestinian territories.
At least 100 people were wounded on Wednesday evening after the Israeli forces fired live ammunition and used tear gas at solidarity rallies in several cities in the West Bank.
Frustrated at their ability to track down the escaped prisoners and fearing more such attempts, the Israel Prison Services (IPS) broke up groups of Islamic Jihad prisoners and forcibly removed them from their cells, transferring them to other prisons.