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1967 Middle East War

Israeli forces capture the Old City in East Jerusalem, Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai and towns in the West Bank
Israeli soldiers reach Western Wall in Jerusalem

IDF troops move into the West Bank after the Jordanian army is given orders overnight for a general retreat. Israeli jets bomb Jordanian ground forces in the Jerusalem and Jericho areas and in the nearby mountains. Jericho is taken by the end of the day.

By 1000, Israeli troops hear the radio message: "Har habayit beyadeinu" - "The Temple Mount is in our hands" after their forces take the Old City of Jerusalem.

Soon afterwards, Jordan's governor in Jerusalem, Anwar al-Hattib signs an official surrender. Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Dayan and Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin arrive in the city to celebrate Israeli control of the area containing the holy site. Thousands of Jews also flock to the Western Wall.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank flee their homes to Jordan proper.

In the Sinai peninsula, the first Israeli forces reach the Suez Canal in the early hours, but pull back and ambush the retreating Egyptian army at the Mitla and Giddi passes.

In southern Sinai, Israeli forces attack and capture the strategic Egyptian fortress of Sharm el-Sheikh.


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