Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to start what he described as an “historic visit” to Africa.

He is travelling to Uganda on the 40th anniversary of the Israeli commando rescue of passengers from a hijacked plane that was forced to land at Entebbe airport.

The plane had been en route to France from Israel.

An Israeli PM has not been to the continent for decades and during today’s visit Mr Netanyahu will meet heads of state from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia and South Sudan, plus Tanzania’s foreign minister.

Mr Netanyahu’s spokesperson has been tweeting pictures:

Israel is describing this as a “return to the African continent”.

Uganda’s New Vision newspaper has a feature on today’s visit of Mr Netanyahu:

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