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PA daily: Terror attack that killed 37 was "heroic self-sacrifice operation" and leader of attack was "a shining example of the Palestinian woman"

Headline: “It was carried out by 12 self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) under the command of Dalal Mughrabi – today is the anniversary of the coastal self-sacrifice operation”
      “Today is the 38th anniversary of the heroic self-sacrifice coastal operation (i.e., terror attack, 37 murdered), carried out by 12 self-sacrificing fighters under the command of the young self-sacrificing fighter Dalal Mughrabi. It was planned and executed under the supervision of the Martyr commanders Khalil Al-Wazir Abu Jihad and Kamal Adwan. On the morning of March 11, 1978, Dalal Mughrabi and her group of Martyrdom-seekers (Shahada-seekers) disembarked from a ship sailing off the Palestinian coast (off the Israeli coast near Haifa –Ed.)…
The landing was successful and the Israelis did not discover it, especially since the occupation did not expect the self-sacrificing fighters to be bold enough to come ashore in such a way. Dalal and her group succeeded in reaching the main road to Tel Aviv. They took over an Israeli bus that was on its way to Tel Aviv, with all of its soldier passengers (correction: the bus was full of civilian vacationers -Ed.), and took them hostage…
During the trip, she and her group shot at all the Israeli cars that passed next to the bus they had taken over, causing hundreds of injuries among the ranks of the occupation soldiers, especially as the road on which Dalal was traveling is used by military vehicles to transport soldiers between the suburbs and Tel Aviv (it was and remains a main road used by the general population –Ed.).
Two hours after they went ashore, due to the many injured in the ranks of the Israeli army (before the hijacking of the bus the terrorists killed American citizen Gail Rubin who was out taking photographs -Ed.) and after the group commanded by Mughrabi had reached the outskirts of Tel Aviv, the Israeli army appointed a special military team under the command of Ehud Barak (later to serve as Israeli Prime Minister –Ed.), to stop the bus and kill or arrest its self-sacrificing fighter passengers. Large units of tanks and helicopters under the command of Barak began to chase the bus, which was stopped and taken out of commission in the Herzliya area. A true war broke out there between the self-sacrificing fighters and the Israeli occupation forces. Dalal blew up the bus with its soldier passengers (all passengers were civilians -Ed.), and all of them were killed. Dozens of occupation soldiers fell in the operation. When Dalal’s and her group’s ammunition ran out, Barak gave the order to mow them all down with machine guns – and they all died as Martyrs on the spot. (two of the terrorists were captured alive –Ed.)
Mughrabi is no longer, however she has left behind a memory [of her] overflowing with struggle, and a shining example of the Palestinian woman, who was and still is the partner of man in resistance and struggle against the thieving occupation and its settlers.”

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Kamal Adwan was responsible for Fatah’s terrorist operations in Israel and was a senior member of Black September. He was killed by Israeli forces in April 1973.
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