Magnificent 1976 achievement by IDF on July 4, 1976, over 2,500 mile/4,000 kms from home – on the 200th anniversary of the 1776 US Declaration of Independence.
260 people were on the Air France jet, hijacked on June 27
148 people, all of them non-Jews, [ 11 crew & 137 passengers ] were released by the PFLP + German terrorist gang, but 112 = all 92 Israeli passengers and 19 other Jews + the Air France Capt, were held hostage at Entebbe Airport, near the Ugandan capital of Kampala
4 Jews were murdered [ one, ira Bloch, 75, in hospital by Ugandan military on the orders of the dictator Idi Amin who was himself involved in the terrorist plot ], and 10 injured.
All 7 terrorist hijackers were killed and 45 Ugandan troops, and many MIG jets of the Ugandan Air Force were destroyed on the ground
Kenya had assisted the rescue operation, and in revenge Amin had hundreds of Kenyans massacred in Uganda.
Kenya has also been subsequently targeted by Jihadi bombers
Sadly the Sayeret Matkal CO, LTC Yoni Netanyahu, 30, was also killed – his 2 younger brothers, Bibi, now PM, and Iddo, also served in the Sayeret Matkal.
The above information curtesy of Tom Carew, Chair of the Ireland-Israel Friendship League.
Follow this link for another good piece on the anniversary.