Vandals Damage Memorial for IDF Soldiers Killed in 1997 Helicopter Crash

Northern Galilee monument was erected three years ago to commemorate 73 soldiers killed when two helicopters collided en route to Lebanon.

Vandals damaged Sunday the monument in memory of 73 Israel Defense Forces soldiers who were killed in the 1997 twin helicopter crash in the northern Galilee, breaking glass and stealing coins placed in memory of the fallen soldiers.

Police have opened an investigation into the incident, but no suspects have been detained.

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The memorial for 73 IDF soldiers who perished in 1997 helicopter crash near Kibbutz Dafna. Yaron Kaminsky

The monument was erected three years ago south of Kibbutz Dafna in the Galille more than 10 yen years after the soldiers perished when two helicopters collided on their way to Lebanon.

Multi-millionaire Arcadi Gaydamak donated more than $ 450,000 to its erection.