Night of the Hang-Gliders

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Hang-glider

Four terrorists were sent on a suicide mission to fly 80 kilometers on motorized hang-gliders into an IDF army base next to the city of Kiryat-Shemonah. One of the attackers reached his target,  killing 6 IDF soldiers.

On November 25, 1987 the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command”, headed by Palestinian terrorist Ahmed Jibril, launched Operation Kibya (also known as the Night of the Hang-gliders), in which four terrorists were sent to fly 80 kilometers on motorized hang-gliders across the Lebanon-Israel border to Israeli northern city of Kiryat Shemonah. The terrorists were fed with sugar, protein and even amphetamines to provide a necessary surge of energy on their suicidal strike, in which their gear was also booby-trapped in order to create additional casualties even after they would be killed.

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Monument in memory of the IDF soldiers

While three of the attackers failed to reach their target, the fourth one, Khaled Acker, managed to infiltrate a nearby IDF camp slaying six soldiers and wounding seven before being killed himself. The spectacular attack made a terror icon of Jibril and inspired the first intifada, a period of intense violence by Palestinians against Israel.

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