Bahr El-Baqar primary school bombing
|Bahr El-Baqar primary school bombing|
|Location||Bahr El-Baqar, Egypt|
|Date||April 8, 1970|
|Aerial bombing, school bombing|
|Perpetrator||Israeli Air Force|
The Bahr el-Baqar primary school bombing occurred on 8 April 1970, during the War of Attrition. The Israeli Air Force carried out an air raid on the Egyptian village of Bahr el-Baqar, in the eastern province of Port Said. The raid resulted in the destruction of a primary school that was in use during the attack, killing 46 children. Israel was under the impression that the school was an Egyptian military installation.
Israel claims that it had thought the school was an Egyptian military installation. The attack was carried out by Israeli Air Force F4 Phantom II fighter bombers, at 9:20 am on Wednesday April 8. Five bombs and 2 air-to-ground missiles struck the single-floor school, which consisted of 3 classrooms.
When asked about the incident, Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan said: "Maybe the Egyptians put elementary students in a military base." Speaking about the incident, Egyptian commander Abdelatim Ramadan said: "Actually, two targets were hit by the Israelis. The first target was a group of military bases about 30 km. from the Suez Canal, which were targeted before, on the night of 18–19 December 1969. The second target was the Bahr El-Baqar primary school. [ ... ] There comes a time to acknowledge an important fact in this area, that at those black days of Israeli bombing, the military targets were mixed with civilian targets. We can even say that in many cases the military targets were hiding behind civilian targets."
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