18 October 2018 - 10 Heshvan 5779 - י' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Top commander dies while on vacation in Thailand E-mail

A former head of the Israeli Navy’s special operations unit died in Thailand in April after suffering an apparent heart attack while on vacation.

The body of Gadi Shefi, 76, was discovered in a hotel room in the southern resort city of Pattaya after he went missing a week earlier. His family was notified.

“At this hard and painful time, we want to thank everyone for the help in finding our father,” his son Ari Shefi wrote on Facebook.

Shefi headed the Flotilla13 special operations unit from 1976 to 1978, during which time he oversaw a number of then-secret operations into Lebanon.

Writing on Twitter, former Israeli prime minister and IDF chief of staff Ehud Barak described Shefi as “a courageous warrior, a man of truth and an outstanding symbol of leading by personal example.”

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