Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Celebration time!

How does Egypt celebrate its defeat in the 1973 Yom Kippur war against Israel? They let 3,000 criminals out of jail, of course!

Egypt released nearly 3,000 prisoners, including about 1,000 former Islamic militants, as the country on Monday commemorated the 30th anniversary of its war against Israel.


Egypt sometimes pardons prisoners as an act of goodwill on special holidays.


Monday marked 30 years since Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against the Israeli-held Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau. The troops made gains but were beaten back on both fronts. A cease-fire took effect after two weeks of fighting, fixing lines at their prewar positions.


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