Uri Avnery – The Fallujah pocket (50/315)

Uri Avnery – The Fallujah pocket (50/315)


The fighting continued, I dare to say, although I’m not sure, whether this moment was the turning point of the war because that evening we started to attack and the Egyptians went on the defensive. One of the results was that… was that we managed to encircle an entire Egyptian brigade in what was called the Fallujah pocket. Fallujah was a large Arab village where Kiryat Gat is now located. I forgot to say that after those battles ended the second ceasefire started, a ceasefire that we had violated at every opportunity. We violated it because when the second ceasefire started, the Negev was cut off IDF and Ben-Gurion could not bear this this so we violated it again and again… to open a route to the Negev. I remember once we were ordered to escort a convoy of dozens of trucks which needed to pass between the Egyptian outposts near what is today called Kiryat Gat… towards the Negev, because the Negev was simply hungry. It was very strange for us to be moving with a large convoy. Egyptians didn’t like to fight at night. There were all sorts of myths that they have eye diseases and they do not see well at night. They had not been trained. The British Army doesn’t train soldiers to fight at night. Fighting at night is a method for the weak, when they have no weapons. Anyway we got through. It was 50, 80 trucks, through two Egyptian outposts we also returned without any mishaps. It was a very strange experience.

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