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1967 Middle East War

With the Sinai taken, Israel turns its attention to the Syrian front, and launches attacks on the Golan Heights
Migs attack a convoy (pic: IAF); Israeli tanks on Golan Heights (AFP)

Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser announces his resignation in a television broadcast.

He blames the West for helping Israel and describes the defeat using the Arabic word naksa, meaning setback.

His resignation is rejected by the National Assembly after thousands of people take to the streets of Cairo and Beirut to protest.

Israeli paratroops, with air support, take Ras Sudar airfield in Egypt. For the first time, IAF planes attack ground forces to the west of the Suez Canal.

The Israelis intercept an Egyptian message indicating Arab forces are near collapse and turn their attention to the Syrian front.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan vetoes the wishes of the army and most of the cabinet to invade Syria as he fears Israel would be risking a war with the Soviet Union. But he changes his mind.

Hours after Syria accepts the UN ceasefire proposals, Israel bombs Damascus and launches a ground and air assault on the Golan Heights.


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