43rd Anniversary of Operation Focus, 1967 Israeli Sneak Attack



Operation Focus (Hebrewמבצע מוקד‎, Mivtza Moked) was the opening airstrike byIsrael at the start of the Six-Day War of 1967. It is sometimes referred to as "Sinai Air Strike" since the focus was primarily on airfields around the Sinai Peninsula. At 07:45 on June 5, 1967, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) under Maj. Gen. Mordechai Hodlaunched a massive airstrike that destroyed the majority of the Egyptian air force on the ground. By noon, the EgyptianJordanian and Syrian Air Forces, with about 450 aircraft, were destroyed. It was also very successful in disabling 18 airfields in Egypt, hindering Egyptian Air Force operations for the duration of the war.



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