יום הזיכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל ולנפגעי פעולות האיבה
This evening the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism begins.
On April 4th 1951 Israeli forces including 19 soldiers from the Armored Corps set out to investigate intelligence reports concerning the infiltration of Syrian soldiers in civilian dress into the El Hama valley which was part of a demilitarised zone according to the 1949 Armistice Agreement between Israel and Syria.
The force was attacked by Syrian forces stationed in a bunker on the hill above the road to El Hama (Hamat Gader) and seven of the soldiers were killed in the exchange of fire. In 2015 a memorial was created at the site.
Nissim Laub aged 24, born in Morocco, immigrated to Israel in 1950
Itzhak Israeli aged 24, born in Iran, immigrated to pre-state Israel in 1934
Shimon Cohen aged 19, born in Morocco, immigrated to Israel in 1948
Shimon Balas aged 19, born in Yemen, immigrated to Israel in 1949
Simcha Cohen aged 29, born in Tunisia, immigrated to Israel in 1950
Mordechai Cohen aged 18, born in Turkey, immigrated to Israel in 1949
Kalman Salonikov aged 19, born in Bulgaria, immigrated to Israel in 1948
May their memories be blessed.