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Aftermath of the Raid on Entebbe


At the time of the raid, one hostage, Dora Bloch, a 75-year old woman, was not present at the airport. She had been taken to Mulago hospital in Kampala, following a choking incident. Dora Bloch was subsequently murdered on Idi Amin's orders.

Operation Entebbe was retroactively officially retitled "Operation Yonatan" in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Yoni Netanyahu, who had led the assault, and was the sole casualty among the Israeli commandos. Yoni Netanyahu was buried with full military honors on July 6th 1976. The then Israeli Defense Minister, Shimon Peres, delivered the eulogy at Yoni Netanyahu's funeral including the words, "...a bullet had torn the young heart of one of Israel's finest sons, one of its most courageous warriors, one of its most promising commanders - the magnificent Yonatan Netanyahu."

After the raid, the Ugandan government complained to the United Nations Security Council that the raid was a violation of Ugandan sovereignty. Israeli ambassador to the UN, Chaim Herzog, famously told the Security Council that Israel was proud of its action. The Security Council ultimately declined to take any action or even pass a resolution about the matter.

The Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin was eventually overthrown in 1979, following a war between Uganda and neighboring Tanzania.

The raid is generally considered a great anti-terrorist success, especially in view of the tremendous logistical challenges which had been overcome, and the low casualties among both the hostages and commandos.

Many books have been written, and films have been made, about Operation Entebbe, including "Victory at Entebbe", and "Raid on Entebbe". The incident also features in films about Idi Amin, such as "The Last King of Scotland".

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