November 6, 1956

BRITISH-FRENCH INVASION: Paris, 2 – The French Defense Ministry issued an official announcement tonight that Great Britain and France would be invading the Suez Canal zone. Preliminary air and sea strikes had ended, said the announcement, and further bombardment from the sea and air would be directed to support the occupation of the Suez Canal zone. ISRAEL: Paris, 2 – An Israeli official announced here today that the Israeli army was 15 kilometers from the Suez Canal and claimed that about 15,000 Egyptian soldiers had been taken prisoner in the Sinai peninsula. GAZA OCCUPATION: London, 2 – The Israeli ambassador announced today that with the occupation of the Gaza strip, his country’s military operations would cease. NASSER: According to reports from Cairo, while Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, who had gone to a mosque for Friday prayers, was addressing the crowds, there was an aerial bombardment on the eastern suburbs of Cairo. After prayers, Nasser drove down the city’s main streets as the faithful were emerging from the mosques.

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