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Monday,16 July, 2018
Issue 1363, (5 - 11 October 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Commemorating 6 October victory

Commemorating 6 October victory
Commemorating 6 October victory
Al-Ahram Weekly

TOMORROW marks the 44th anniversary of the 6 October War. At 2pm on Saturday, 6 October, the Egyptian Air Force launched an attack to destroy Israeli positions deep in Sinai. Meanwhile, 4,000 pieces of the Egyptian field artillery succeeded in crossing the canal and cutting through the Bar Lev Line.

The Israelis had built the Bar Lev Line to deter Egypt from crossing the canal. It ran from north to south with a sand dam and fortifications and napalm tubes under the water to put the waterway of the canal on fire in case the Egyptian forces would attempt to cross.

The Egyptians succeeded in breaking through the fortifications intended to prevent the Egyptian army from launching an all-out attack to regain Sinai from Israeli occupation that dated back to the Six-Day War of June 1967.

While Egyptians launched the surprise attack on Israeli positions in Sinai, the Syrians did the same on the Golan Heights.

Going to war was the only option available to Egypt and other Arab countries to liberate their territories from Israeli occupation. It was a decision fraught with dangers and demanded extreme courage on the part of presidents Anwar Al-Sadat and Hafez Al-Assad of Syria.

Both the Egyptian and Syrian armies fought Israeli forces with Soviet armaments that proved their efficiency and precision no less than the American and Western armaments used by the Israeli army.

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