On March 11, 1978, a group of eleven PLO-Fatah terrorists landed from rubber boats at the Maagan Michael beach on Israel's Coastal Road. They hijacked a bus on its way north, forcing the driver to turn south. Some more terrorists, travelling in a taxi, mounted the bus. On their way south the terrorists hijacked another bus, an Egged bus number 901, forcing its travelers on the first bus.
Israeli security forces stopped the bus near Glilot junction, near Tel-Aviv, and a long shooting battle ensued. Finally the terrorists blew up the bus 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children, were killed, and 71 were wounded.