The 38th Anniversary of the Yom Kippur War

Thirty-eight years ago–on the Yom Kippur of October 6, 1973–Egypt and Syria launched a coordinated surprise attack on Israel. The Yom Kippur War was launched on the holiest day on the Jewish calendar: The Day of Atonement.

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Pictured here are Israeli troops who fought off Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai desert. Photo: IDF archives.

Despite Israel’s final military supremacy, the war took a great toll on all participating countries, with tremendous damage and many casualties. 2,297 Israeli soldiers were killed, and more than 7,200 injured.

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