Digging trenches in Tel Aviv on the eve of war.

Timeline: The six days of war


JUNE 5

Israeli air attacks against Egypt, called Operation Focus, begin at 7:45 a.m. Israel later begins airstrikes in Jordan and targets Syrian air force bases. Syria, Jordan and Iraq begin airstrikes on Haifa. Jordan launches airstrikes on Netanya and other Israeli targets. Jordan and Iraq attempt airstrikes against Tel Aviv. Jordan also begins artillery fire against the city.

JUNE 6

Syrian forces fortify the border with Israel and begin artillery fire. Israel takes Gaza from Egypt. Ramallah and Ammunition Hill are among areas Israeli forces capture.

JUNE 7

U.N. Security Council presents a cease-fire initiative. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser turns it down. Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol proposes to Jordan’s King Hussein that a cease-fire and peace talks begin. Hussein doesn’t respond.

The Old City of Jerusalem, Nablus and Jericho are among the cities that fall in Jordan.

JUNE 8

Egypt accepts a cease-fire. Hebron falls to the Israeli army.

JUNE 9

Israel orders an attack on the Golan Heights.

JUNE 10

Israel takes Kuneitra and Masada. Cease-fire with Syria is agreed upon. War ends, with Israel claiming East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Golan Heights and Sinai Peninsula to the Suez Canal.

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