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.