October 6 – Armed Forces Day

A significant day in Egyptian history.

In 1981 on 6 October, Egyptian President Sadat was assassinated while he watched a military parade, which was commemorating the eighth anniversary of the 1973 battles. On that day Egyptian forces had broken the Israeli line on the eastern bank of the Suez Canal, while Syrian troops hit Israeli defences along the Golan Heights (seized by Israel from Syria in 1967).

Israeli defence minister, General Moshe Dayan said “We must realise this is war. We are engaged in heavy battles on both fronts against numerically superior forces.” The attacks came on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Algeria, Libya, Kuwait, Jordan and Lebanon all pledged their support for the Arab offensive.

In 2011 unrest continues in this region, but fortunately in Egypt, for today at least, we are seeing the Revolution unfold more peacefully.

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