Israeli police launch manhunt after 6 prisoners

Israeli police said they were searching for six Palestinian prisoners who escaped overnight from a high-security facility in northern Israel in an extremely rare breakout.

Police said they have erected roadblocks and are conducting patrols in the area. The men were believed to have been headed for Jenin, where the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority wields little control and where militants in recent weeks have openly clashed with Israeli forces.

The prisoners escaped from the Gilboa prison overnight, which is supposed to be one of Israel’s most secure facilities. Israel’s Army Radio said the men escaped through a tunnel and appeared to have received some outside help.