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Operation Danny

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In between the first and second truce of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Operation Danny (or Operation Dani - Mivtza Dani in Hebrew) was carried out. The objective of the operation was to relieve the Jewish population and forces in Jerusalem and to capture Arab territory around Tel Aviv from which attacks on Tel Aviv were being launched. The road between the two cities had come under control of Arab militia and Arab Legion forces after Operation Nachshon had opened it.

The first phase of Operation Danny was to capture Lydda and Ramle, located along the road. The second phase was to capture Latrun and Ramallah. The operation was carried out under Palmach command utilizing the Yiftach Brigade, the 8th Armored Brigade and two battalions from the Kiryati and Alexandroni brigades.

The first phase of the operation succeeded, putting the essential airport in Ramle in Jewish hands. About 70,000 Palestinians were summarily expelled from Lydda and Ramle. The second phase of the operation failed.

Units participating in Operation Hiram

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