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Teen Murti Chowk renamed after Israeli city Haifa

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Teen in central was formally rechristened as Teen Murti-Haifa in a ceremony attended by Modi and his Israeli counterpart today.

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

In the visitor's book, Modi wrote that he saluted the "great Indian traditions of selfless sacrifice and penance" of Indian soldiers, who laid down their lives during the liberation of the city of Haifa and the First World War.

"One of these pages was written 100 years ago, in the sacrifice of Indian soldiers at Haifa. The sacrifice commemorated at Teen observes its centenary. Naming this spot as Teen Murti-Haifa marks this historic occasion. In the presence of the of Israel, we pay homage to the brave soldiers," Modi wrote in the visitor's book.

Netanyahu, who arrived on a six-day visit today, was received by Modi at the airport, setting aside protocol.

The three bronze statues at Teen represent the Hyderabad, and who were part of the 15

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

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, and Austria-

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 the World War I.

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

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 16:00 IST