Two soldiers imprisoned in the Prison Four IDF
military detention facility near Rishon Lezion
escaped two weeks ago, on two separate incidents.
One of the soldiers managed to escape despite being jailed in a high-security wing, meant for inmates considered relatively dangerous to themselves and others, or for those with a prior criminal record.
According to military officials, the two were eventually returned to prison, but, following a Military Police
probe, a company commander and a unit commander were dismissed, and a reprimand was added to the prison commander's record.
Furthermore, as reported by the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, "a series of administrative and security measures will be taken in order to prevent such incidents from recurring."
The probe revealed that the more dangerous inmate escaped during daytime from the prison's yard, where supervision is more lax.
A high-ranking IDF official said the incident was the result of a series of mistakes and outrageous inattentiveness by the officers and wardens.
The high-security ward from which the prisoner escaped is reserved for severe violent crimes or for
suicidal inmates, and the prisoners are supervised around the clock.
In recent years the two main military prisons, Prison Four in Tzrifin
and Prison Six near Atlit, have been filled to capacity, which led to the IDF decision to establish detention facilities inside regular bases for lighter offences of a disciplinary nature.
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