The naval bombardment of Rafiah commences. First to open fire is the French destroyer ‘George Les’, which is then joined by Israeli Navy ships ‘Eilat’ and ‘Yafo’. IAF Harvards assist the operation, dropping lighting flares over the targets, and later on joining the bombing themselves. Two B-17s are supposed to complete the aerial bombing started by the Harvards, but they take too long in identifying the targets and their mission is called off.

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