The Fig and the Cedar Memorial


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                    Slightly north of the Israeli community Alonei Habashan is a striking memorial to eight IDF soldiers killed in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

                    Soldiers of the 173rd Reconnaissance Battalion had stopped to rest when, suddenly, the Syrians started shelling them with mortar bombs. One of the armored personnel carriers (APC) took a direct hit, killing all eight soldiers inside.

                    After the war, the APC was left standing in the place of the attack, under a giant fig tree. A Lebanese cedar was planted by members of a nearby kibbutz to commemorate the eight soldiers who lost their lives.



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