On !1 July 1956 (some sources say 13 July), the IDF intelligence chief Major General Yehoshafat Harkabi implemented a plan to assassinate Hafez. He was killed by means of an explosive device hidden in a book, which was given to him by an Egyptian double agent. The agent, Muhammad al-Talalka, who did not know what he was carrying, was blinded in the blast.
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