Father tells heroic story of Israeli tank commander Lt. Col. Salman Habaka

 November 13, 2023

Heroic stories are emerging by the day out of Israel as the terror-shocked country continues its retaliatory attacks against the cowardly Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

According to Fox News, one such story is that of tank commander Lt. Col. Salman Habaka, 33, who used multiple battle tanks to take on thousands of Hamas terrorists in the weeks after the brutal attack on his countrymen.

His successful efforts in taking on the terrorists lasted for roughly a month. Sadly, he was killed on Nov. 2 by a Hamas sniper in the midst of battle.

The young hero's father, Emad Habaka, described his son's actions to Fox News Digital, telling an amazing story.

"On the morning of Oct. 7, we had a family event planned," he said.

The father added, "I called him to check if it was still going ahead but he told me that he had to go back to his base immediately. When I asked him why, he just told me to turn on the TV."

He went on to say that while a majority of Israelis were attempting to comprehend what was happening in that moment, his son, a decorated tank commander, was already speeding toward his assigned military base to hop in a tank and take action.

"He somehow understood what was going on and even though he received no orders from his commanders, he decided to get his tank and head into battle," his father said.

Salman was quickly recognized as a national hero for not hesitating to take the fight to the terrorists who had just wreaked havoc on his country. Thousands showed up to recognize and honor him during his funeral.

Just days after the attack, Salman was quoted by Israeli news media recounting what sparked him to take such rapid and effective action as the attacks were taking place.

"I drove from the Galilee to a base near Tze’elim in order to get the tank and reach the community as quickly as possible to save every soul I could," Salman said at the time.

Undoubtedly, Salman is nothing short of a legendary hero, and he will be remembered as such in the history books by his family, friends, military colleagues, and a grateful nation.