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Israel arrests more family members of Palestinian prison escapees

Israel has arrested more relatives of a group of Palestinians who escaped from a West Bank jail on Monday, stepping up what campaigners have branded a wave of "collective punishment" in the wake of the embarrassing security incident.

A massive manhunt has been underway in the occupied West Bank after six Palestinian prisoners - including five members of the Islamic Jihad group - managed to tunnel out of the supposedly high security Gilboa prison.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club said that two brothers and a sister of Mahmud Ardah, who is suspected of planning the escape, were arrested on Friday morning in the town of Arraba, near Jenin.

Other relatives of the prisoners - who all originate from Jenin - were also arrested on Wednesday, the group said.

Palestinian factions and activists had called for a "day of rage" on Friday to support the prisoners.

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