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Netanyahu in India: Israeli city Haifa added to Teen Murti Chowk's new name

PM Modi and Israeli PM Netanyahu paid homage to martyrs at Delhi's Teen Murti Haifa Chowk

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu signing the visitors’ book as his wife Sara and Prime Minister Narendra Modi look on, at the newly renamed Teen Murti Haifa Chowk in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

Prime Minister and his Israeli counterpart on Sunday attended a ceremony at the Teen Murti Memorial in New Delhi to mark the renaming of Teen Murti Chowk as

The two leaders also laid a wreath and signed the visitor's book at the memorial.

Netanyahu, who arrived on a six-day visit to India on Sunday, was received by Modi.

The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.

The brigade carried out the victorious assault on the fortified city of Haifa on September 23, 1918, during World War I.

Israel PM and India PM at Delhi airport (Photo: Reuters)
There are various accounts of this battle - all narrate the valour with which the lancers undertook the assault on the garrisoned city protected by a joint force of Ottomans, Germany and Austria-Hungary.

The liberation of Haifa cleared a supply route for the Allies to the city through the sea.

Forty-four Indian soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice during the liberation of the city in World War I.

Till date, the 61 Cavalry celebrates September 23 as its Raising Day or "Haifa Day.

First Published: Mon, January 15 2018. 10:36 IST