Hostages and the French crew of an Air France Airbus who were released from hijackers by the Israeli rid on Uganda's Entebbe Airport arrived at their destination in Paris on Sunday (4 July).
Hostages and the French crew of an Air France Airbus who were released from hijackers by the Israeli rid on Uganda's Entebbe Airport arrived at their destination in Paris on Sunday (4 July). The following day in Israel saw funerals for hostages killed in the rescue attempt
SYNOPSIS: One of the Israeli hostages who died in the raid was buried near Tel Aviv. She was a grandmother on her way to see her grandchildren for the first time Mrs. Ivor Horowitz was one of four Israelis killed. Three were civilians and one was a member of the force which carried out the operation at Entebbe. All seven hijackers were killed along with 20 Ugandan soldiers.
The funeral was attended by some of the army officers who directed the raid that freed most of the hostages. Members of the Cabinet who approved the action were also among the mourners.
As the Israelis mourned their dead, Uganda's President Idi Amin threatened action over the 20 Ugandans killed. President Idi Amin said Uganda reserved the right to retaliate in whatever way possible.
The 12 member crew and 14 passengers of the hijacked French aircraft returned to Paris on Sunday night. Official French reaction to the Israeli raid has been confined to a Foreign Ministry statement welcoming the release of the hostages, but regretting the deaths.
There was praise for the Ugandans from some of the crew. The aircraft co-pilot said the Ugandans had the Ugandans had at least provided comfortable accommodation. Other crew thanked President Amin for what they called his constant concern.
However, some of the released hostages in Paris were extremely critical of President Amin's role in the incident. This man said the Ugandans were clearly conniving with the hijackers in an obvious way.
He said the guerrillas and the Ugandan troops embraced and exchanged weapons. When the hijackers arrived, the ugandans congratulated them quite warmly. The hostage said this was absolutely evident and undeniable.