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Israeli ex-general Shomron dies

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Former Israeli armed forces chief Dan Shomron died.

Shomron, who as commander of the Israel Defense Forces between 1987 and 1991 was responsible for containing the first Palestinian uprising, died in a Tel Aviv hospital Tuesday after suffering a stroke.

Israeli media gave his age as 70.

Dashing and outspoken, Shomron shot to public fame after helping mastermind, while infantry chief, the 1976 rescue of hostages from Palestinian plane hijackers in Entebbe, Uganda. In a later posting he oversaw the dismantling of Israeli settlements in the Sinai under the 1978 peace accord with Egypt.

After retiring from the military as a reserve lieutenant-general, Shomron worked in the state arms industry and made a brief bid to enter politics.

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