Egyptian commandos raid the ‘Dock’ (‘Mezah’) Outpost in the southern Canal zone. They kill several IDF soldiers and take one captive – only to return his body the following day. This incident leads to a decision by the Israeli defense forces: the IAF will be used henceforth for intense bombardment of the Egyptian positions and missile batteries along the front line – a thing Israel had refrained from doing since July 1967. This, it is hoped, will bring an end to the War of Attrition. The bombardment operations are collectively known as Operation ‘Boxer’. They eventually number 500 attack sorties and dozens of interception sorties. Operation ‘Boxer’ ends on July 28th.

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