Ein Ofarim killings
|Ein Ofarim killings|
|Location||Ein Ofarim facility near Hatzeva in Southern Israel|
|Date||September 12, 1956|
|Perpetrators||Palestinian Fedayeen squad|
The Ein Ofarim killings was a guerrilla attack which occurred on Wednesday night, 12 September 1956.
On Wednesday night, 12 September 1956, a Palestinian Fedayeen squad infiltrated into Israel from Jordan. The militants reached the Ein Ofarim facility near the village Hatzeva where they stabbed to death 3 Druze guardsmen.
The tracks of the perpetrators led to the Jordanian border police station Arendall, which was used by the Jordanian National Guard and the camel mounted commando unit of the Arab Legion.
As a result, Israel made a decision to retaliate in response to the Ein Ofarim killings. The Arendall station was chosen as the destination for the counterattack. 13 Israeli paratroopers participated in the counterattack codenamed Operation Shoshana in which they attacked the fortified Arendall station. During the operation 16 Jordanian soldiers were killed. IDF casualties in the operation included one dead soldier and 12 wounded soldiers. The police station was destroyed.