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.
GV Plane carrying hostages taxiing.
MV PAN Buses with relatives on board, stop and crowd rushes to greet plane. (2 shots)
MV Released hostages step down from plane and greeted by relatives. (3 shots)
MV Jubilant crowd.
MV Hostage and daughter reunited.
MV ZOOM IN Father dead hostage.
MV Families reunited.
MV Peres arrives.
MV Released hostages and relatives board buses and drive away. (5 shots)
CU Peres speaks
MV Officer who led raid at microphone. (2 shots)
CU Gur speaks
TRANSCRIPT: PERES: "An unprecedented operation. It was the longest from the point of view of range, the shortest from the point of view of time and the most daring one can imagine. And to the best of our knowledge this was for the first time a state in which a President, Field Marshal Idi Amin, and his army, co-operated with the hi-jackers to blackmail another country by threatening the lives of innocent passengers."
SEQ. 12: GUR: "But in general terms the main problem was to get to the terrorists with the biggest surprise possible. We used several tricks to do that. And once it worked all the rest was quite simple.
The airliner was hi-jacked over Greece on 27 June and after refuelling in Libya it landed at Entebbe Airport the following day. Since the raid, President Amin has accused Israel of "ingratitude" and denied that he and his soldiers co-operated with the hi-jackers.
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Background: 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.