A new animated documentary marks 39 years since Operation Entebbe. Photo: Zionism in Animation.
A new animated short about Operation Entebbe features narration from Israeli commandos who were involved in the daring and successful hostage-rescue mission in Uganda, 39 years ago on Saturday.
The film narrates the run-up and execution of the IDF mission to rescue 106 hostages, most but not all of them Israeli, who were captured by Palestinian terrorists aboard an Air France Flight en route from Athens to Paris.
The former head of the IDF’s special ops, Brig. Gen. (res.) Yiftach Reicher-Atir was part of the elite Sayeret Matkal unit tasked with storming the Entebbe airport. He was deputy to Lt. Col. Yoni Netanyahu, a commander of the mission and, ultimately, the only Israeli military casualty in the raid.
In the video, Rechiter-Atir describes a part of the bold operation that involved deceiving the Ugandan army to gain access to the airport terminal where the hostages were being held.
“Upon landing, the rescue force, headed by Yoni, would move in a convoy led by a Mercedes mimicking Ugandan President Idi Amin’s car, which was meant to confuse Ugandan soldiers and to buy precious time and access into the terminal,” Reicher-Atir narrated.
Sayeret Matkal fighter Amir Ofer, who the video says was the first to break and enter the terminal where the hostages were being held, described the gun-battle that erupted between Israeli soldiers and the terrorist kidnappers.
“I heard somebody shout that Yoni was wounded and I saw to my left a few dozen meters away a figure collapse. At the same time, the glass shattered and someone shot at me in an automatic burst of fire from the inside,” said Ofer. “My commander entered simultaneously and killed two other terrorists.”
Within a matter of seconds, the other terrorists in the hanger had been shot dead, Ofer continued. Within less than an hour of landing, the hostages were back on a plane and on their way home.
Netanyhu succumbed to his wounds despite efforts to save him by Israeli medics.
The animated video also features narration by Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, who described how news of Operation Entebbe reached him in Soviet jail and gave him hope that Israel would one day rescue him too.
Watch the video below, in Hebrew:
Source:: The Algemeiner