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whiteball.gif (898 bytes) The Battle of Sultan Yakoub
 Combat Unit Insignia
(Tank)
Formation Tags
(Armor)


 
Born: November 17, 1960
Hometown:
Jerusalem
Captured:
June 11, 1982
Held since age 21
Citizenship:
American & Israeli

Biography


 
Born: December 29, 1956
Hometown:
Tel Aviv
Captured:
June 11, 1982
Held since age 25
Citizenship:
Israeli

Biography

 
Born: July 18, 1959
Hometown:
Ramat Gan
Captured:
June 11, 1982
Held since age 22
Citizenship :
Israeli

Biography
Zachary Baumel


Tzvi Feldman


Yehuda Katz




  On June 11, 1982, five Israeli soldiers went missing in a battle with Syrian and Palestinian forces near the Lebanese village of Sultan Yaqub. Several years later, two of the captured soldiers were returned to Israel in prisoner exchanges with Syria and Achmed Jibril's PFLP-GC (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command). Three soldiers -- Zachary Baumel, Yehuda Katz, and Tzvi Feldman -- are still missing. Zachary Baumel is an American citizen.

Several hours after the battle, Dean Brelis, a reporter for Time Magazine, reported that "something interesting could be seen in Damascus" -- three Israeli soldiers were being publicly paraded in a procession of captured tanks through the streets of Damascus.

Brelis:"The Israeli crew looked exhausted, downcast, typically combat fatigued. When the crowd surged around them, taunting, they looked frightened... It was a public parade, as it were right through the center of Damascus, and once it passed I never saw the tank or the Israelis again. "(Dean Brelis quoted in a letter by John F. Scott, First Secretary, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, June 16, 1983) Correspondents from AP, La Stampa and the Syrian media confirmed the report.

Since the battle, there have been many conflicting reports regarding the whereabouts and condition of the missing men. Over the years, Palestinian and Syrian officials have made many references to information in their possession regarding the MIAs, but have been unwilling to cooperate in efforts to return the missing soldiers to their families. So, despite Israel's best efforts, Yehuda Katz and Tzvi Feldman, the children of Holocaust survivors, and Zachary Baumel, remain unaccounted for despite ongoing reports (including the 1988 Amnesty International Report and the 1993 Amnesty International December Update) indicating that some of the missing soldiers are still alive and are being held under Syrian control.

Press accounts documenting sightings of the men in Damascus

Photos of the captured tank in Damascus



whiteball.gif (898 bytes) MIA Ron Arad
 Volunteer Units
(Navigator)
Formation Tags
(Airforce)


 
Born: May 5, 1958
Hometown:
Hod Hasharon
Captured:
Oct. 16, 1986
Held since age 28
Citizenship:
Israeli

Biography

 
Picture of Ron sent to his family one year after capture
Ron Arad
One Year After



  On October 16, 1986, Israeli air-force navigator Ron Arad was taken captive after his F-4 Phantom warplane went down over Lebanon. One of the jet’s bombs exploded under the wing and sent it into a tailspin. Both Arad and the pilot parachuted safely to the ground. The pilot was flown to safety under fire, holding on to the bottom of an Israeli helicopter in a spectacular rescue operation. Ron was taken captive by Amal, a Lebanese Shi’ite militia group lead by Nabih Berri, who today is the speaker of the Lebanese Parliament.

In 1987, Arad’s family received several letters and a photo of Arad confirming that the missing navigator was alive and in Amal’s hands. The ensuing negotiations between Israel and Amal broke off after Arad was "sold" to Iranian backed forces in Lebanon by Amal official Mustfa Dirani.

At the time of his capture Arad was the only Israeli MIA who is married. His daughter Yuval was an infant at the time of his capture.






whiteball.gif (898 bytes)  Guy Hever


 
Born: May 30, 1977
Hometown:
Kochav Yair
Missing Since:
Aug.17, 1997
Missing since age 20
Citizenship:
Israeli
Biography

Guy Hever
  On August 17, 1997, Guy Hever, a soldier in the Israeli Army was last seen at his army base on the Southern Golan Heights. He was dressed in army fatigues and was carrying his weapon, key chain and international military identification papers. He was reportedly last seen standing at the Katzabiya junction, just a kilometer away from the Syrian border. The area was searched thoroughly but no trace of him was found.

Today, almost 7 years later, there are still no leads as to the circumstances of his disappearance as well as to his whereabouts.




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