• Short Summary

    Israeli commandos travelled 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) from their bases, deep into Africa on Sunday (4 July) to rescue more than a hundred people, held prisoner by pro-Palestinian hijackers in old buildings at Uganda's Entebbe Airport.

  • Description

    Israeli commandos travelled 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) from their bases, deep into Africa on Sunday (4 July) to rescue more than a hundred people, held prisoner by pro-Palestinian hijackers in old buildings at Uganda's Entebbe Airport.

    SYNOPSIS: Three big C-130 Hercules transport planes carrying the commandos firing at Ugandan troops, sped across the airport tarmac. The Israelis killed the six hijackers before herding the hostages onto the planes.

    Tears flowed freely when the hostages arrived at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, There they were reunited with their families and greeted by near-hysterical crowds of well-wishers. They left behind them about 20 dead soldiers of President Amin's army. One Israeli soldier also died in the raid. Reports from East Africa say 11 Mig Fighters were also blown up. The Israelis have long said that President Amin used the aircraft to train Palestinian pilots. Before relations between the two countries were severed, Israel helped to build Entabbe airport.

    While the scene at Ben Gurion Airport took on a carnival atmosphere, there were some sad moments. Three of the hostages died in the raid and some of their relatives learned of their deaths after the planes landed.

    Defence Minister, Shimon Peres, was one of the men who decided to make the attack. Afterwards he launched a strong verbal attack on President Amin. He said the President had helped the guerrillas by allowing other guerrillas to join the original four after the plane landed in Uganda. He told a news conference abut the raid.

    The leader of the raid was Brigadier-General Dan Shomron, but at the news conference it was the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Mordechai Gur, who answered questions. He refused to give specific details.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD7ZK1BUL6YQRSFLN0HUJG7XFI
    Media URN:
    VLVAD7ZK1BUL6YQRSFLN0HUJG7XFI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:53:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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