Thieves steal War of Attrition memorial

Searches of metal scrap yards and warehouses have thus far been in vain.

By YIGAL GRAYEFF
April 8, 2006 22:22
Thieves steal War of Attrition memorial

stolen memorial 298.88. (photo credit: Channel 2)

Thieves have stolen an aluminium sculpture that reconstructed the battles of the War of Attrition, police said on Saturday. The three-ton edifice was a memorial to David Esin and seven other soldiers who died in the war, which was a low-level conflict that took place between Israel and Egypt in 1969-70. Despite searching the metal scrap yards and warehouses near the site of the sculpture - in Mitzpar Hacarmel, south-east of Haifa - police hadn't found it by Saturday night. David Esin's brother, Ilan, said he worked in co-operation with the army for a year and a half to construct the memorial. "It was a lot of work and now it could be nothing, just metal," he said.


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