Uzi Yairi

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Uzi Yairi
Born July 31, 1936
Ramat Gan, Israel
Died March 5, 1975
Savoy Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Allegiance IsraelIsrael
Service/branch Badge of the Israel Defense Forces.svg Israel Defense Forces
Years of service 1955–1975
Rank IDF aluf mishne rotated.svg Aluf Mishne
Commands held

Commander, Sayeret Matkal

Commander, Paratroopers Brigade
Battles/wars Sinai war ribbon.svg Sinai War
Six day war ribbon.svg Six Day War
Hatasharibon.svg War of Attrition
Yomkippurribon.svg Yom Kippur War

Uzi Yairi (31 July 1936 — 5 March 1975, Tel Aviv, Israel) was a commander of the elite Israeli army commando unit Sayeret Matkal. He was killed in action during a counter-terrorism operation to free hostages held by Palestinian terrorists at the Savoy Hotel.

Yairi became head of Sayeret Matkal at age 31 and a full colonel at only 35. He also served as a brigade commander during the Yom Kippur war, but left the army as a result of trauma he had suffered during the war.[1] Тo commemorate him, moshav Ro'i was named after him. The name is acronym for Ramat Uzi Yairi.[2]


  1. ^ Ben Hartman (25 April 2012). "'There's no one like him in Israel to this day'". JPost. 
  2. ^ Vilnai, Ze'ev (1980). "Ro'i". Ariel Encyclopedia (in Hebrew). Volume 8. Israel: Am Oved. p. 7404.