A father holds his daughter in his arms while a relative pats her head after the girl was flown to Orly Airport in Paris from Entebbe, Uganda, June 30, 1976. She was among 46 hostages released by Palestinian hijackers and flown to Paris.
An Air France flight with 248 passengers enroute from Tel Aviv to Paris, carrying mainly Jewish and Israeli passengers, was hijacked June 27. Over a two-day period, 148 non-Israeli hostages were released. A daring nighttime rescue mission for the remaining hostages was carried out by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commandos. In all, 102 hostages were rescued. The death toll included all the hijackers, 45 Ugandan soldiers, one Israeli soldier and three of the hostages. The Israeli soldier, Yoni Netanyahu, who led the raid and was killed was the brother of future Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and hailed a national hero.
Subsequently, Ugandan leader Idi Amin, who supported the hijackers, retaliated against Kenya for its support of Israel by killing hundreds of Kenyans living in Uganda.