Mere months after the fact came the release of two rival "Entebbe" movies ("Victory at Entebbe" being the other, released a month earlier) which recounted the dramatic true events regarding a terrorist hijacking that captured worldwide headlines. It was in June 1976 that an Air France plane carrying 248 passengers and a crew of 12 on a flight from Athens to Paris was hijacked by pro-Palestinian terrorists who forced the captain to alter course and eventually land at Uganda's Entebbe Airport. With the tacit approval of President Idi Amin, the Israeli passengers were held hostage and threatened with death if the Israeli government didn't comply with their captor's demand - to release 53 Palestinian so-called freedom fighters held in Israeli prisons. The Israeli government, refusing to negotiate with the hijackers, gave the go-ahead for a commando raid on the Ugandan airport dubbed Operation Thunderbolt. What followed has gone down in history as one of the most daring rescue operations ever mounted.
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