1956 Eilat bus ambush

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1956 Eilat bus ambush
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The attack site
Location Near Be'er Menucha, on Highway 90, Southern Israel
Date August 16, 1956
Attack type
Ambush, Shooting attack
Deaths 4 Israelis
Non-fatal injuries
3 Israelis
Perpetrators Palestinian Fedayeen squad

The 1956 Eilat bus ambush was an attack on an Egged bus traveling from Tel-Aviv to Eilat on August 16, 1956. The Israeli civilian bus was ambushed by a Fedayeen squad on August 16, 1956. Four passengers were killed and three were injured.

The attack[edit]

On Thursday, 16 August 1956, a Palestinian Fedayeen squad infiltrated into Israel from Jordan. The militants reached Be'er Menucha in the Arava region and prepared an ambush in a ditch on the side of the road.

Around noon, the weekly Egged bus #391 from Tel-Aviv to Eilat, escorted by an IDF military vehicle, was attacked by gunfire as it passed Be'er Menucha. Three Israeli soldiers and a female civilian were killed. In addition, three civilian passengers were injured.[1]

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