Large scale operations in pursuit of terrorists are mounted on July 9th, 17th and 26th. The operations, known as ‘hamirdafim’ – ‘the pursuits’ – are carried out in the bik’ah, or northern Jordan valley, with support from First Squadron helicopters. 40 terrorists – many of whom had been hiding out in caves – are killed. Col. Aryeh Regev, commander of the ‘Bik’ah’  Regiment, and Cpt. Gad Manela, are killed in the course of the operations.