Operation Entebbe

On June 27th, 1976, an Air France flight from Paris to Tel Aviv was hijacked after a stop in Athens. The plane was hijacked by two German revolutionaries and two PLO terrorists. They forced the plane to land in Benghazi and then continue to Entebbe, Uganda. With the support of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, the passengers were taken to the old airport terminal. They were divided into two groups, Israelis and non-Israelis, and the Israelis were taken to a separate room. A Holocaust survivor showed her tattoo to the German terrorist, who protested he wasn’t a Nazi. Eventually all non-Israelis were released, but the captain and crew refused to leave. In Israel, they tried to negotiate with Amin, but it soon became clear that he was supporting the hijackers. The Israeli government immediately drew up a plan to rescue the hostages. They quickly dispatched Israeli Special Forces to Entebbe. In a daring rescue attempt on July 4th, they killed the hostage takers, with only 5 casualties. Four hostages lost their lives in Operation Entebbe, as well as Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, the leader of the Operation.