Geva Newsreel 459, 1970

The IDFs Occupies the Egyptian Island of Shadwan in Operation Rhodes

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Subtitles: English, Hebrew

On January 22, 1970, Operation Rhodes (also known as Operation Shadwan) is conducted on the Egyptian island of Shadwan in the Red Sea. An IDF force of paratroopers is deployed on the Egyptian island by Israeli air force helicopters, with the aim of taking over the island and capturing Egyptian soldiers. At the time of the operation, Egyptian soldiers were stationed on Shadwan and were surprised. 70 Egyptian soldiers were killed, others were wounded and about 62 POWs were taken by the IDF. Among the IDF soldiers, three were killed and seven wounded. The explicit purpose of the operation is to take Egyptian POWs for future bargaining with the Egyptian government, and to continue the War of Attrition against Egypt. Two Egyptian torpedo ships that were called for back up were sunk by the Israeli Air Force. IDF soldiers remained on the Egyptian island for 36 hours, after which the IDF force returns to Israel. In the section, IDF soldiers are seen on the island, and Israeli Air Force helicopters are seen landing and taking off, hours after the fighting has ended.

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