Israeli Prime Minister visits Uganda during four-day African tour

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 13:22 |
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (R, front), Ugandan First Lady Janet Museveni (2nd R), Israeli First Lady Sara Netanyahu (2nd L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose for a photo in Entebbe, Uganda, Feb. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Hajarah Nalwadda)


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday arrived in Uganda on his four-day African tour that will see him also travel to neighboring Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia.

In Uganda, Netanyahu will officiate at the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the taking of hostage of over 100 Israelis.

The event is scheduled to be held here at Entebbe International Airport, 40km south of the capital Kampala.

On July 4, 1976, a group of Israeli commandos covertly raided Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport on a rescue mission of 248 passengers aboard an Air France passenger plane that had been hijacked a week earlier.

The hijackers separated the 102 Israeli hostages from the rest of the group, and freed the others.

In the 90-minute night rescue operation, the Israeli hostages were rescued, but Netanyahu’s brother Yonatan Netanyahu was killed.

During his visit, Netanyahu will also join regional leaders in a summit on terrorism.

The eastern African region has received a series of terror attacks from extremist groups. Some countries in the region have received training from Israel in combating terror. (Xinhua)

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