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The Six Day war officially broke out on the fifth of June in 1967 after three weeks of tension mainly between Israel and Egypt Egypt had concentrated its armed forces in the Sinai peninsula and Gamal Abdel-Nasser demanded that the UN Emergency Force evacuate the buffer zone which it provided between the two nations Report by the Secretary-General26 May 1967 On the 23rd of May Egyptian navy vessels blocked the Straits of Tiran thus preventing any Israeli vessels from getting through A week later Jordan and Iraq joined the Egyptian-Syrian military alliance and moved its troops to the west bank of the Jordan river In total including troops from other Arab countries the Israeli Defense Forces were confronted by an estimated 480 thousand troops 3000 tanks and 800 planes Syria the other leading Arab nation opposing Israel has been using the Golan heights highground to shell Israeli civilians and vessels operating in the Sea of Galilee A few years earlier Syria and its allies were already escalating the conflict by diverting water resources from the Jordan river in an attempt to destroy Israels National Water Carrier project which was used to supply water to settlements in the Negev desert The creation and funding of various Palestinian terrorist groups that attacked Israeli settlements was also the work of the Syrians and the Egyptians The USSR also played a huge role when it came to military assistance and moral support of the Arab states at this time They spread the reports of Israeli troops concentrating on the Syrian border which justified the massing of Egyptian troops in the Sinai As a natural response Israel began calling up its reserve forces and a Unity Government was created When the Big Powers failed to negotiate the withdrawal of Arab troops from Israeli borders Israel had no choice but to go on the offensive The Israelis used the element of surprise to destroy the largest Arab air
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