Avi Sivan was regarded as a founder of Israel’s elite Duvdevan unit, an elite special forces unit within the Israel Defense Forces, directly subordinate to the West Bank Division.
Avi Sivan served Cameroon as security advisor to the President Paul Biya of Cameroon, West Africa.
Avi Sivan a consultant for the Cameroon military and a retired Israel Forces colonel officer was killed on monday November 22nd 2010 in a helicopter crash in the western African nation, the republic of Cameroon.
The Israeli government has officially appealed to the government of the republic of Cameroon to retrieve for proper burial in Israel the remains of Colonel (ret.) Sivan.
Colonel (ret.) Sivan was one of the founding fathers of Duvdevan, the elite unit of IDF, and later on head of Israel’s Defense Ministry delegation to Cameroon.
Upon retirement, Sivan joined the private sector as security advisor, assuming many military duties in the republic of Cameroon as military advisor to Cameroon’s president, Mr. Paul Biya.
Avi Sivan was in charge of, among other duties the training of Cameroon’s famous presidential guard brigade unit.
According to Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, Sivan had business connections with Israeli Sami Meyuhas, who, until 2000, was the only one with permission of the Israeli Defense Ministry to export Israeli security goods.
A decade ago Meyuhas’ exclusivity was revoked, with the Israeli businessman continuing to work within Cameroon as the representative of both Israel and foreign companies.