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Barakat, Gamliel (Gavri)

Barakat, Gamliel (Gavri)


Gamliel, son of Sara and Machluf Barakat, was born on 5.1.1929 in Turkey, the eldest son of a family of 11. In 1933 he immigrated to Jerusalem with the whole family. When he was 16, he joined the Haganah. Gamliel participated in the battles in Katamon and was responsible for the position. He was sent to the Old City and participated in its battles until he was returned to the New City by the British who kidnapped him. He joined the “Moriah” battalion and was transferred to the “Hiyam” brigade, then served in the “Beit Horon” battalion, went to a heavy machine-gun course and became a machine gunner. He took part in operations in Mount Zion until he served in the Palmach. At the beginning of September 1948, the brigade seized several trenches east of Ruchama in order to prevent the Egyptian forces from taking control of the area and to ensure the activities of the aircraft landing site near Ruchama. The Egyptians tried to repel the Yiftah fighters from the captured strongholds, and for about a month there were fierce battles in the area. Gamliel was injured in this battle and flown to a hospital. On 29 Elul, October 3, 1948, he died of his wounds and was put to rest at the military cemetery in Petah Tikva.

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